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Clydebank District Heating Network becomes operational

December 10 2020

Clydebank District Heating Network becomes operational

The first large-scale water source heat pump of its kind in Scotland has been completed in Clydebank as the hub of a new centralised heating system.

The District Heating Network is centred on a Cooper Cromar designed energy centre at Queens Quay where water is extracted directly from the River Clyde before being heated and distributes to homes and businesses through 5km of insulated pipework.

Carbon-free heat will warm over 140 homes on the waterfront regeneration site as well as Clydebank Leisure Centre and a new care home. Later expansion could see the network extend to the town centre and Golden Jubilee Hospital.

Councillor Marie McNair said: “We have a long and proud history of industry at the River Clyde on this site, and I welcome the new system which will mean the River and its water can again be used to support its residents. The design of the Energy Centre has also been chosen to complement our town’s landmark features, including mirrored cladding to reflect the River and Titan Crane."

Dominated by a 30m chimney the energy centre was built by Muir Construction and contains a remotely managed operations centre. 

The energy centre will eventually power up to 1,000 homes at Queens Quay
The energy centre will eventually power up to 1,000 homes at Queens Quay


m is for mungo
#1 Posted by m is for mungo on 10 Dec 2020 at 15:13 PM
Interesting that it needs such a big chimney to produce carbon free heat...
The Bairn
#2 Posted by The Bairn on 10 Dec 2020 at 16:48 PM
I guess that's the new 'outdoor amenity space' where they hang the washing...Wait until you see the 'greenery' proposed for the outside!!
Big Dawg
#3 Posted by Big Dawg on 11 Dec 2020 at 16:56 PM
For an industrial building I appreciate the endevour and aspiration in making it more than a portal frame shed.
#1 I think the chimney is for Amonia vent in case of emergency and back up gas boilers should there be a peak load demand beyond the immediate capacity of the network.
#4 Posted by GG on 14 Dec 2020 at 13:46 PM
Actually, designed by ADF Architects before they closed...
#5 Posted by Terra_ on 22 Jan 2021 at 17:03 PM
That's pretty rad. Be great if all industrial buildings had this much effort put in.

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