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

Plans in for next phase of Liverpool Waters heat network 

Dan Whelan

Mersey Heat, part of Peel L&P subsidiary Peel NRE, plans to lay a further 1.5km of underground pipes in preparation for the development of the Central Docks neighbourhood, part of the £5bn waterfront masterplan. 

The latest phase of Liverpool Waters’ heat network will extend over a distance of approximately 0.65km through Central and Clarence Docks according to plans lodged with Liverpool City Council.

Eventually, the pipelines will be hooked up to the recently approved energy centre between Great Howard Street and Sherwood Street. The energy centre is to provide low carbon heat and hot water for up to 9,000 homes and 4m sq ft of commercial space at Liverpool Waters through the heat network.

Around 2km of the network has already been laid, serving office buildings at Princes Dock and homes at Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Docks. 

Peel Energy Cenrte Sherwood Street

Peel won planning consent for the energy centre earlier this year. Credit: Peel NRE

Completion of the heat network is expected in 2023.  

The Merseyside Pension Fund provided a £13m loan for the project in 2019.

Jonathan Burley, commercial director at Peel NRE, said: “Our district heat network is progressing well. When complete, it will provide low carbon heat and hot water for homes and commercial space at Liverpool Waters and the network can be extended to surrounding areas to make help make Liverpool a cleaner and greener city.” 

Mersey Heat is Peel’s dedicated Energy Supply Company, which will build, own and operate the heat network.

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What a fantastic grey shed. It should be on every Liverpool Docklands visitor tour. It adds to the heritage feeling. I can’t take my eyes off it. Congratulations to the Peel Energy Supply Company corporate executives for saving thousands of pounds for those poor speculating shareholders. Exec bonuses all round I guess.

By James Yates

@James your comment would make sense if the ‘shed’ was on a dock, which it isn’t. Nice try though.

By Sandwich

9000 homes? Or 9000 shoe box apartments! Or is this for a stadium that will be empty 6 days a week?

By S lee

Wow. This lovely grey box should servuce the proposed waterloo Dock Boxes and the Central and Northern Dock Boxes well

By w jones