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Sci-fi design and Biomass plants: Leith

Gordon Murray Architects’ vision for a new Scotish Biomass plant

With the site located at the boundary of the City of Edinburgh, and the Firth of Forth and North Sea beyond, the plant form is separated into a solid base which relates in scale to the surrounding port structures, with the higher elements articulated in a more dynamic form, suggestive of maritime imagery - clouds on the horizon, the sails of a tall ship, the crystalline surface of an iceberg. Chris Malcolm

Project data

Planning consent lodged January 2011
Renewable electricity produced 200MWe
Amount of renewable heat produced 60MWth
Fuel input (up to) tonnes/year 1.8 million
Capable of producing % of electrical needs 54% of City of Edinburgh
Comparative heat production Heating 22,000 standard three-bedroom semi-detached family homes, and providing enough heat for the proposed Leith Docks Development (around 16,000 homes)

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