We are working in partnership with Vital Energi to create the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network.
The network will provide a highly efficient, environmentally-friendly heat and power solution for some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, making significant carbon reductions.
The first buildings to be connected are:
- Town Hall
- Town Hall Extension and Central Library
- Manchester Central Convention Centre
- The Bridgewater Hall
- Heron House
The network will contain power cables to distribute the electricity generated and underground pipes that deliver heat and hot water to connected buildings - one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions from heating. The network has been designed to enable future expansion, with efficiency and carbon savings increasing as more buildings join.
Heat will be generated from an energy centre, which is being built near to Manchester Central Convention Centre, at the junction of Great Bridgewater Street and Lower Mosley Street.
The energy centre’s five flues will be incorporated into a 'Tower of Light', which will be a sculptural landmark for the city and has been designed by award-winning architects Tonkin Liu.
Works are expected to start in Summer 2019 and are expected to take about 18 months.