Bunhill Energy Centre brings district heating to Islington
Tim Ronalds Architects’ timber-clad complex serves refurbished Ironmonger Row Baths
Funded through grants from the London Development Agency and the Homes and Community Agency, LB Islington’s recently inaugurated Bunhill Energy Centre is part of a London wide strategy to expand district heating in the capital. Over two kilometre’s of pipework have been installed to link the new enegy complex to Finsbury Leisure Centre, Grade II-listed Ironmonger Row Baths, and approximately 700 homes on three nearby estates. As part of the borough’s Decentralised Energy Programme, it will contribute to the council’s target to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.
Designed by local practice Tim Ronalds Architects, the energy centre houses a 2MWe gas combined heat and power engine and a 14m high timber-clad thermal store. Clad in UK-sourced untreated oak, the modular plant is designed for future flexibility. All the elements of the energy centre are demountable and portable and could be relocated in future.
Located in a residential area, the energy centre was designed to minimise noise levels and was prefabricated off-site to enable quick on-site assembly on site with minimal disturbance to residents.