Energy Minister unveils new energy centre at Elmsbrook, NW Bicester
Elmsbrook at NW Bicester developer, A2Dominion, and energy provider SSE today [23 May] welcomed Andrea Leadsom MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, to mark the opening of the scheme’s energy centre.
A2Dominion Chief Executive, Darrell Mercer and Andrea Leadsom unveiled a commemorative plaque at the new combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Elmsbrook, the first of several planned for the NW Bicester Eco-Town. The CHP, which will be operated and maintained by SSE once commissioned, marks the progression of the first phase of Elmsbrook - which will deliver 393 true zero carbon homes and is the initial phase of the UK’s first eco-town of 6,000 homes.
The CHP plant, which supplies heat and hot water to all homes through a district heating system that harnesses waste heat from electrical generation exported to the grid, helps minimise energy consumption and prevents the need for a separate boiler in each home.
The CHP plant is one of many sustainable features incorporated into the scheme to improve energy saving and efficiency for the end user.
Commenting on the visit, the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Andrea Leadsom, said:
“I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to visit Elmsbrook with local MP Victoria Prentis and see how far this exemplary development has come. The CHP plant is an excellent example of a low carbon, sustainable source of energy. A2Dominion and SSE have worked hard to design an energy solution for residents, that fits with the overall sustainability of the development.”
Darrell Mercer, Chief Executive at A2Dominion, said:
“We are very proud to welcome both Andrea Leadsom and Victoria Prentis to our flagship development at Elmsbrook, NW Bicester.
“Elmsbrook demonstrates that we can achieve truly sustainable standards in design and the lifestyle for residents, without compromising on comfort or quality.
“A district heating solution is a pioneering way to heat modern homes efficiently, and we hope that this and the other environmental features on this scheme will inform future development projects.”
Nathan Sanders, Managing Director SSE Enterprise Utilities, said:
“We are delighted to play a key role in the exciting development of Elmsbrook. SSE will operate and maintain the heat network and energy centre indefinitely, providing 24/7/365 operation and customer care for all Elmsbrook residents connected to the new heat network.
“We have worked closely with A2Dominion to shape and develop this partnership and our involvement here builds on our position as one of the UK’s leading providers of heat networks.”
For more information about NW Bicester visit nwbicester.co.uk
Notes to Editors
• NW Bicester is leading investment in the future by delivering the UK’s first eco-town. NW Bicester is a partnership between A2Dominion Group (one of the country’s leading providers of high quality housing for sale, shared ownership and rent) and Cherwell District Council (the local authority).
• A2Dominion is one of the country’s leading providers of high quality housing with over 35,000 homes across London and southern England and thousands more in development. Originally established over 60 years ago, it has received numerous awards and accreditations, including ‘Investor in People Gold’ and ‘Positive about Disabled People’ status.
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