Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director of Estates Services at the University of Strathclyde (Left adult ), Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander (Centre adult) Hugh Thompson, Project Director for Vital Energi (Right adult) joined by pupils from St Mungo’s Primary. (photo: Iain McLean)
Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director of Estates Services at the University of Strathclyde (Left adult ), Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander (Centre adult) Hugh Thompson, Project Director for Vital Energi (Right adult) joined by pupils from St Mungo’s Primary.
01.12.2017, 16:03

Pupils Pave Way for Glasgow District Heating Scheme

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School pupils from St Mungo’s Primary in Townhead, Glasgow helped the University of Strathclyde renew Rottenrow Gardens following engineering works to the area.


Forty-six pupils were invited to plant 21 fruit trees in the gardens to replace trees as part of works to install a network of pipes for the University’s new £20m Combined Heat and Power (CHP) District Heating system.


The children were helped by Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander to plant seven apple, pear and plum trees and received some gifts, including gardening gloves and their own personal hand trowels.


The tree planting event is part of the University’s ‘Strathclyde Commitment’ – a community benefit programme which involves a range of local projects with an emphasis on apprenticeships and engaging with community groups and initiatives.”


The CHP District Heating system is part of a £650m investment over ten years by Strathclyde in its campus infrastructure and will reduce the university’s carbon-dioxide emissions by 4,500 tonnes and save £2m annually.


Vital Energi are designing and installing the new low carbon system and took time out from their schedule to visit St. Mungo’s Primary School to speak to the pupils about the work they are doing and how a new heating system will benefit the environment.


The system, part-funded by the Scottish Funding Council, will see a new 3.3MWe CHP engine and 24MW of boiler plant located in a new Energy Centre on John Street deliver both heating and electricity via 2,000 meters of pipes and over 1,000 meters of cable. The network can be expanded in future.


Hugh Thompson, Project Director for Vital Energi said: “We are excited to play a key part in this project, which has also brought local investment and employment opportunities to Glasgow, as well as help the University to reduce its long term carbon emissions. By teaching our younger generations about the positive impact of sustainable energy generation, this CHP District Heating system will leave a legacy for both the University and the wider community for years to come.”


Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director of Estates Services at the University of Strathclyde, said: “The CHP District Heating system is a major investment for the University and will significantly reduce the environmental impact of our campus.


“We’re over half-way through the project now so we were delighted to welcome the school children from St Mungo's to help us not only to replace some of the trees lost due to the works but also plant new ones, which as well as improving the local environment will also provide food to local community projects.”


The CHP district heating system will be operational at the end of October 2018.

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About Vital Energi

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