Freeman’s Reach in Durham City is on course to become the UK’s first city centre development incorporating a hydro power generator following the installation of an innovative new water turbine.
An Archimedean screw will harvest energy from the River Wear to drive a 100kw generator that is capable of supplying 75 percent of the total energy requirement of the development.
The screw was installed as part of a carefully co-ordinated operation between the Freeman’s Reach development team and Durham County Council.
Following its installation, the Archimedean screw will undergo a programme of commissioning works before it begins generating power in the autumn.
Measuring 13-metres long and weighing 20 tonnes the screw was designed and manufactured by water treatment and power specialists, Spaans Babcock Ltd, The screw will also improve the ecology of the River Wear as its design incorporates as an improved fish pass, which allows fish and elvers to travel upstream more easily to access the upper reaches of the river.
The on-site hydro-turbine has been designed to generate renewable energy 24 hours a day enabling Freeman’s Reach to be awarded an ‘A’ Rated Energy Performance Certificate and BREEAM* Excellent status.
The new turbine will continue the legacy of hydro-power generation at Freeman’s Reach, which dates back more than 800 years to the original medieval Bishop’s Mill.
Throughout the centuries a variety of buildings have benefited from the energy created by the River Wear including the former ice rink, which was powered by a 1930s turbine.
The new hydro-turbine is set to become a visitor attraction in its own right, as is the Energy Centre, which will feature a public art installation charting the history of energy generation on the site.
Freeman’s Reach is being developed by a consortium led by Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP.
It will become the new home of National Savings & Investment and Her Majesty’s Passport Office and will open up this part of the riverside to local people and visitors for the first time in generations. With improved visitor amenities, particularly for those arriving by coach, Freeman’s Reach will offer daytime and evening café/restaurant facilities as well as featuring a new tree lined Riverside Walk.
Neil McMillan, Director of Carillion Developments, said: “We are pleased to have been able to continue a long tradition of energy generation at Freeman Reach, this 21st Century technology will harness the power of the River Wear for many years to come.
“The Archimedean screw is a really impressive sight and, coupled with the public art installation at the new Energy Centre, they will surely add to Durham City’s rich variety of visitor attractions.”
Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “The hydro-turbine is a great example of the innovative methods we are employing in order to achieve the highest possible standards of sustainability in this very important location.”
“I can’t think of a better place to showcase the UK’s first hydro-powered city centre development than here in Durham.
It is testament to what can be achieved when the development team engage positively with stakeholders to design a solution that works for all parties.”
Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “This is an exciting and innovative new addition to the environmental footprint for Durham City and I have every confidence it will also prove to be a popular and unique visitor attraction.”
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*BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 250,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.
About Freeman’s Reach
The development consortium for the Freeman’s Reach project is consists of Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, and Arlington Real Estate, supported by Richardsons Capital LLP. The project is funded by Legal & General.
The development project leader is Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate. Allan is a North East based regeneration specialist and property developer.
Arlington Real Estate and Carillion also work in partnership on another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker former UK headquarters and, at 60 acres, is the largest regeneration project in the North East.
According to the Sunday Times 2014 ‘Best Places to Live’ listing:
“Durham is a lovely place to live. Beneath its glorious cathedral, you’ll find pretty cobbled streets stuffed with little independent shops and great watering holes, a beautiful river that carves its way through dramatic walls of rock and greenery, and some attractive house stock – along with a thriving buy-to-let market, thanks to all those students. One of the nicest places to live is South Street, which looks directly onto the cathedral and castle, and which inspired Sir Walter Scott. Many of its terraced houses are grade II listed; prices range from £400,000 to more than £1m.”
Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities. The Group had annual revenue in 2013 of some £4.1 billion, employs around 40,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.
Carillion is a member of the FTSE4Good Index and in 2013 the Group was awarded Platinum Big Tick status in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index. It has also achieved a position on the 2013 FTSE 350 Climate Performance Leadership Index and the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, placing it within the top ten UK companies with regard to actions to mitigate climate change.
The Group has four business segments:
Support services – this includes facilities management, facilities services, energy services, utility services, road maintenance, rail services and consultancy businesses in the UK, Canada and the Middle East.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects - this includes investing activities in PPP projects for Government buildings and infrastructure, mainly in the Defence, Health, Education, Transport and Secure accommodation sectors.
Middle East construction services - this includes building and civil engineering activities in the Middle East.
Construction services (excluding the Middle East) - this includes building, civil engineering and developments activities in the UK and construction activities in Canada.
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