Six-year joint project in Romford, Essex

Old ChurchE.ON and Taylor Wimpey East London have announced a six-year joint project to design and build 493 low carbon and sustainable apartments in Romford, Essex. 

Built on the site of the former Old Church Hospital in Romford, the new apartments will benefit from reduced heating costs, continuity of supply and over 28%1 reduction in carbon emissions. 

E.ON's Sustainable Energy business will become the Energy Service Company (ESCo)2 for the project, giving the development the ability to produce, supply and manage the local delivery of community energy to the whole site via a district heat network supplied from an onsite energy centre consisting of gas fired CHP and boilers. 

As part of the design and build contract, E.ON will also be installing solar panels to the roofs of the properties, providing renewable electricity. 

Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON, said: “For developments such as this, community energy is a cost-effective route to keeping energy affordable for customers and reducing our impact on the planet – we call that being energy fit. 

“The homes we live in are responsible for more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions and sustainable developments like this not only help reduce those emissions but also give customers the benefit of a reliable and locally produced energy source.” 

Sebastian Balcome, Planning Manager at Taylor Wimpey East London, said: “Standards such as Code for Sustainable Homes and other legislation and regulatory reform have placed an onus on developers to ensure sustainability of energy supply for new projects. 

“We are pleased to be working with E.ON's Sustainable Energy business as we will be able to draw on their recognised expertise in developing and building decentralised energy solutions. 

“Working together we will be able to create comfortable homes that will benefit not only from reduced carbon emission, but also from a significant cost saving on energy bills.” 

1 All apartments will have carbon reductions of over 28% in order to achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The total cost of heating a home will be comparable to a new home built to minimum standards and heated by gas. 

2 An Energy Supply Company is a legal entity set up