District Heat Network Liverpool Waters
The heat network will provide low carbon energy to 9,000 homes and 4m sq ft of commercial space at Liverpool Waters. Credit: Place North West

Liverpool Waters heat network approved

Julia Hatmaker

The next phase of Peel NRE’s low-carbon energy network earned a seal of approval from Liverpool City Council.

Under the approved plans, Peel NRE’s energy services company, Mersey Heat, will lay 1.5km of underground pipes between Central Dock and Clarence Dock, ultimately connecting with the underground services underneath Regent Road. Those services will link to the future energy centre between Great Howard Street and Sherwood Street.

When complete in 2023, the energy centre will provide heat and hot water for up to 9,000 homes and 4m sq ft of commercial space.

The heat network is a key part of the sustainability plan for Liverpool Waters, as it will both reduce carbon emissions and cut heating bills. Mersey Heat estimates that the district heating network will save 4,200 tonnes of CO2 a year. Over the network’s 40-year design life, Peel said it would save 168,000 tonnes of CO2.

Buildings connected to the heat network will get instantaneous heat and hot water, according to Mersey Heat. They will also have competitively priced heating, more accurate meter readings, a 25-year warranty including maintenance and repair, engineers on hand 24/7 to handle emergencies and a control system that will be serviced every two years for free.

Funding for the heat network comes in part from a £13m loan from the Merseyside Pension Fund.

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Supplying heat and hot water to 4m sq ft of commercial space? Does that include current space or is it just new build, as up to now not much in the way of office space has been constructed on Liverpool Waters, which is disappointing.

By Anonymous

Do they know something we don’t? Will this network be out of date before anything actually gets built?

By On the Dock

The sustainable credentials of this project are second to none

By TJL