The Scotswood Energy Centre, is to provide Lower carbon heating and hot water to a community of 1,800 homes being developed in the Scotswood area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne by energy company E.ON and the New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC).

The new-build community will be supplied with a more energy efficient energy supply through a district heating network. The energy centre and pipeline network provides a constant supply of heat and hot water to homes, meaning there is no need for individual gas boilers. This will reduce carbon emissions by up to 35 per cent and deliver significant energy cost savings for residents.

Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON, said: “The beauty of district heating schemes like this is that it builds energy efficiency into the very foundations of new homes, making Scotswood a prime example of an energy efficient community.”

Duncan Bowman, Development Director NTWDC, the organisation redeveloping Scotswood, said: “An energy centre serving a site of this scale will be the first of its kind in the north, demonstrating the ambition and environmental responsibility being applied to this project. This is another important step forward in the transformation of this neighbourhood into a vibrant and sustainable community where households will enjoy reduced fuel bills. We are really pleased to be partnering with E.ON to improve the quality of life for residents and this is another fantastic example of how the collaboration of the public and private sectors can do that.”

Amongst the equipment at the Scotswood Energy Centre is a Bespoke pressurisation set from the GaardPress SpillPress range designed and manufactured by Smedegaard Pumps. Also at the centre are two InLine energy efficient inverter driven pumps from the ECOFlexx range at Smedegaard Pumps.

Construction of the energy centre, on the site of the old abattoir on Whitehouse Road, is expected to begin in the spring. Once commissioned it will be capable of providing hot water and heating to all 1,800 homes on the 66 hectare site. In addition it will ensure all houses reach level 4 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.