A new community in Colindale

ColindaleE.ON’s Sustainable Energy business has been appointed to deliver low carbon energy to the residents and businesses of Colindale, London, as part of a major redevelopment project. 

Working with developer Fairview New Homes, and under an Energy Services Company (ESCo)* agreement , E.ON will design, build, operate and maintain a ‘decentralised energy centre’ which will provide low carbon heat to 1067 new homes, a 300 bed hotel, as well as small commercial units and various leisure facilities, including a bar and restaurant. 

The first phase of the project, which has already started, involves the construction of 726 new homes and an onsite energy centre. Once completed in 2014, the apartments will achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) rating level three with a 25%** CO2 saving over and above standard building regulations, while the houses built to CSH rating level four will achieve a 44%** saving. Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to save money on their energy bills. 

Michael Woodhead, Managing Director of E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said: “The energy centre at Colindale means that rather than receiving gas from the grid to power their heating systems, residents and businesses will receive heat via gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units and biomass boilers, installed in the centre. 

“We’re delighted to be involved in such a large scale project and are confident that our expertise in decentralised energy, combined with the latest in sustainable technology, will help make Colindale a leading example of an energy efficient community.” 

Kirk Archibald, Head of Sustainability at Fairview New Homes, commented: 

“The development at Colindale is a good example of a community energy scheme and we are pleased to be working with E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business to create a development of low carbon homes.” 

The entire development project is expected to be finished by 2018. What’s more, 30% of the development will be made up of social housing. 

* An Energy Supply Company (ESCo) is a legal, commercial entity which can be set up to design, produce, supply and manage the delivery of decentralised energy. Decentralised energy is the generation of energy close to where it is needed;

** All apartments will reduce their carbon emissions by a minimum of 25% to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, and all houses will reduce their emissions by at least 44% to achieve CSH level 4.

The total cost of heating a home will be comparable to a new home built to minimum standards and heated by gas.