E.ON, in partnership with the Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle (CCURV), a joint venture between John Laing and Croydon Council, is working to bring low carbon energy to the Waddon Leisure and Housing development, part of the long-term regeneration of Croydon.
The Waddon project will deliver new residential units, of which 119 will be for The Hyde Group. At the heart of it all will be a new leisure centre with a swimming pool, sports hall, gym and community space.
In place of individual gas boilers to supply heat and hot water to the buildings, E.ON will manage and maintain heating and hot water supply to the entire scheme through a community energy centre and district heating network.
The community energy centre houses a centralised combined heat and power (CHP) engine and highly efficient gas boilers, a more efficient way of generating heat, which is then piped through the district heating network. The scheme will supply low carbon heat and hot water whilst also delivering savings on the annual cost of heating to its domestic users.
Through this technology, it is anticipated that the Waddon site will save up to 44 per cent* of its carbon emissions, compared to traditionally connected properties.
Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said:
“We are making real progress in local communities by helping residents to lower their energy costs and working in partnership with developers and local authorities to enable access to more sustainable, locally produced energy, helping the UK achieve a low carbon future.”
Jamie Kerr, Director for Strategic Partnerships at John Laing, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with E.ON to ensure that environmental and sustainability objectives are achieved on the scheme in accordance with the Council’s own environmental policies. This new partnership will ensure a greener, more sustainable energy source for Croydon residents, as well as help to reduce the cost of energy during a period when it matters most.”
Councillor Tim Pollard, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said:
“The work CCURV is doing in Waddon is a major regeneration project that will deliver significant improvements to that part of our borough. The fact that a community energy centre and district heating network is part of the project means that people will have lower energy costs and we can demonstrate our commitment to sustainable development.”
E.ON will operate and maintain heating and hot water supplies under an Energy Services Company (ESCo) commercial agreement which will run for 25 years.
Construction works started on the Waddon Leisure and Housing scheme in January 2011 with completion of the first residential phase due in Summer 2012. The 25 year partnership between the Council and John Laing will provide the phased regeneration of a number of sites across the borough. The Waddon Leisure and Housing scheme is CCURV’s second project following the Council’s new offices, Bernard Weatherill House.