Project will create first green town

£250m energy centre backed at shipyard site

Queens Quay energy centre

Queens Quay: carbon free energy

A £250 million energy centre will go ahead on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank after councillors approved the plan.

Construction of the energy centre for the District Heat Network will begin early next year, with the network being commissioned and generating heat by autumn 2018. 

It will serve the entire Queens Quay site and beyond, making Clydebank the greenest town in Scotland.  

Queens Quay’s District Heat Network will be the largest and most ambitious in Scotland and will enable valuable energy, which is often wasted in power generation and industrial processes, to be captured and supplied to householders and businesses directly. 

The 100% carbon free system is designed on a modular basis to allow expansion, with the ability to include the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital as well as the wider Clydebank area making the network effective and efficient from both technical and financial perspectives.

Within the energy centre water source heat pumps will extract water from the River Clyde, giving the system a direct link to natural resources.  Additional piping will be located in the wider area to facilitate connections to new homes, as well as public buildings such as Clydebank College and Leisure Centre, and into the town centre. 

The energy centre will also accommodate gas boilers, pressurisation units and distribution pumps together with a building control and management system to operate and monitor the system. This system is generally controlled remotely with no requirement for permanent staff. An on-site office and welfare facilities will be located on the mezzanine level. 

Queens Quay is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) with West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) part funding the development.  Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is the development partner and is working in partnership with WDC to deliver the energy centre and the wider development. 

WDC will own, operate and maintain the entire heating system, ensuring security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers.  The Scottish Government provided £6m towards the system via its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme with WDC covering the remaining £6m.

Paul O’Donnell of Dawn Urban Regeneration, said:  “It is fantastic news that we’ve achieved planning permission for the Queens Quay Energy Centre, it is yet another piece of good news in the delivery of the project and promises a green future for Clydebank. 

“The coming year will be very important for Queens Quay with the delivery of all infrastructure and the commencement of a number of other exciting developments.”

Last month it was announced that civil engineering company George Leslie has been appointed to carry out all marine works associated with the basin and river frontage.  The contractor will start work in January before construction starts on a £15m care home and a £25m health centre. 

On completion of the care home and health centre, the housing, retail and leisure elements of the project will follow and will add to the existing facilities at Queens Quay, including West Dunbartonshire Council’s offices at Aurora House and a £23.5m leisure centre which opened earlier this year.


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