Acme reveals Leeds city centre power station
Acme has submitted plans for a Low Carbon Energy Centre (LCEC) as part of Hammerson’s huge £600 million Eastgate Quarters retail-led development in Leeds city centre
The energy hub will partially run on biomass and renewable fuels, and will provide heat and cooling for both the Hammerson scheme and others in the surrounding area.
Last October Hammerson revealed a reworked masterplan for the 6.9 hectare brownfield site, having asked Acme and Benoy to revise the original proposals, which had been designed to outline stage by Farrells in 2006 and included a large housing element.
Andrew Hilston, project director for Hammerson said: ‘The addition of a Low Carbon Energy Centre should be a welcome sight in the city centre. Not only is the building design a great complement to the proposed Eastgate scheme, it will benefit the surrounding area and community while helping Leeds City Council meet its aims to see a 60 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.’
As well as significantly reducing emissions from the new development, the LCEC has the potential to cut long-term utility costs, improving the viability of businesses moving to the area.
The LCEC will enable neighbouring sites and buildings to connect to a community heating and power network, which will be compatible with many forms of renewable energy.
Heat, as well as energy, generated in the process will be fed back to provide heating and cooling to new and existing developments in the local area. This heat will be supplemented by on-site production utilising biomass and renewable fuels.
The LCEC will help to meet local and national carbon reduction targets. It is anticipated that it will deliverba 25 to 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions for the Eastgate development and its surrounding area.