The energy system at Queens Quay, a GBP 250 million development project of the former John Brown shipyard area in Clydebank, Scotland, has now become operational and is ready to heat up the 23-hectares area according to the owner, West Dunbartonshire Council. The £15m energy project is one of the UK’s most exciting initiatives within low-carbon heat delivery and is expected to cut more than 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions yearly, making Clydebank one of the greenest towns in Scotland. The entire area of Queens Quay will be heated with water from the River Clyde which will be extracted by Scotland’s biggest large-scale water source heat pump and delivered to homes and businesses through the district heating network. Ramboll has been involved in the project since the beginning and is very excited to see the energy system operational:
Ramboll delivered a masterplanning and feasibility study project, funded by Zero Waste Scotland, for West Dunbartonshire Council that demonstrated the scale of the opportunity and the preliminary design and technoeconomic appraisal of the energy centre, network and customer connections. Based on the masterplan and the feasibility study, Ramboll worked closely with the West Dunbartonshire Council on developing the concept design of the energy centre and the technical specifications with performance standards. These were subsequently developed by Vital Energy, design and build contractor responsible for delivering the network and energy centre fitout, and Star Renewables who supplied the 2no of 2.6MW heat pumps.
Queens Quay is Clydebank’s new business and living quarter. Located on the former John Brown’s shipyard, the development has transformed the town and provided open access and views to the riverside. The waterside regeneration project includes a diverse range of house types, health and leisure facilities, as well as offices, bars, restaurants, retail and civic spaces including parks and riverside walks and cycleways. The entire development will be serviced by a water-sourced district heating system, Scotland’s first major district heating network. The intention is to deliver heat not only to residents but also to the wider Clydebank community.