Foundation contractor Cementation Skanska has recently installed the UK’s deepest ever energy piles for a luxury apartment development next to the Tate Modern at Bankside, London.
The 52m deep, 1.5m diameter, rotary-bored foundation piles double up as an integral part of a ground source heating and cooling system. This will extract heat from the ground during winter and exhaust heat back to the ground during summer.
The 130 energy piles will contribute 760kW of heating and 650kW of cooling energy to the development. This alone will enable the scheme to achieve the 10% renewable energy requirement for major developments in London.