Work is powering ahead on the Energy Centre in the Olympic Park.
The Energy Centre is being constructed in the west of the Olympic Park and will provide an efficient heating and cooling system across Olympic Park site for the Games and for the new buildings and communities that will develop after 2012. The Energy Centre will include biomass boilers using sustainable biomass fuels to generate heat, and a Combined Cooling Heat & Power (CCHP) plant to capture the heat generated by electricity production. The project is one of the largest energy centre schemes to be built so far in the UK.
“Sustainability is at the heart of the 2012 project and the Energy Centre will ensure a lasting legacy of green power in the Olympic Park for generations to come,” said ODA Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Simon Wright. “The state-of-the-art energy centre will be one of the largest in the UK and the lean, mean and green sustainability features that underpin this project will set a model for future urban regeneration schemes.”
Construction work started on the Energy Centre in August 2008 and progress over the last year includes:
- More than 200 piles installed more than 20 metres in length to form the foundations of the building
- Over 500 tonnes of steel installed to create the frame of the Energy Centre which will be 45m tall at its highest point
- 3500 square metres of concrete ‘planks’ lifted into place to form the floors and roof of the Energy Centre
- 5 cooling towers lifted into place as the first of the major plant to be installed at the energy centre. These towers are each the size of a small house
- 3 hotwater boilers installed each around 60 tonnes in total
- Work now underway to install the steel cladding around the outer shell of the energy centre
- Work well underway on roof replacement works and structural improvements to the retained Victorian building
The Energy Centre is due for completion in Spring 2010 when it will begin providing heated water to the Olympic Park venues. The Energy Centre will then be connected to further venues and buildings when they are completed, delivering an early legacy of essential services throughout the Olympic Park.