Energy Case Study: Alderley Park Heat Network
“The Skills & Growth Company* helped us to develop a long term energy strategy for the site, bringing additional funding alongside their expertise. Their support has been critical to identifying cost savings and emission reductions.”
Alex Edwards, Head of Asset Services, Alderley Park
Acquired by Bruntwood in 2014 and currently undergoing a £160m investment, Alderley Park is home to the internationally-recognised Mereside bioscience campus managed by Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP).
The campus which offers more than 1m sq ft of high specification lab space, a dedicated incubator, range of scientific services and a comprehensive programme of business support for start-ups and scale-ups is home to a vibrant and fast growing community of over 60 established companies with a further 150 pre-start businesses based at the Park. The Park also offers over 250,000 sq ft of commercial workspace alongside a conference centre and range of amenities including a sports centre.
AstraZeneca, the previous owner, had developed a sizeable heat network to provide both heat and process steam to their operations on site. In advance of this transferring to Alderley Park Ltd, the Skills & Growth Company assisted the development of their energy strategy, with the aim of optimising the existing heat network to suit the new campus. With the help of heat network specialists, who were part paid for by funding sourced by the Skills and Growth Company, a site-wide optimisation strategy was developed.
This has led to the identification of quick wins to make the system more efficient and a longer-term strategy to decarbonise the network so that it can continue to serve their tenants well into the future. Going forward Alderley Park is committed to further improve the sustainability of the site with the help of the Skills & Growth Company, exploring options for sustainable transport, renewable energy and smart technologies.
*Please note this case study was published before The Skills & Growth Company was brought back into the Council’s Economic Development Service.