‘Pioneering’ project tackles fuel poverty in Glasgow’s east end

Scott Mathieson (left) and Ian Manson

CLYDE Gateway is set to install what has been described as one of the country’s most ‘innovative and sustainable’ heating systems in Dalmarnock in Glasgow’s east end.

The £6.1 million system has been tipped to help reduce fuel poverty in the area.

Designated as Scotland’s first Green Regeneration and Innovation District, homes and businesses across the Clyde Gateway site will be heated using the new system, which will provide an instant supply of heat and hot water using a metered system that ensures people only pay for the energy they use.

Initially 50 homes and Clyde Gateway’s new EastWorks offices will be connected to the district heating network with plans to connect over 300 homes and businesses over the coming years.

The new system was developed in partnership with Scottish Water Horizons, a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, and will also power the Dalmarnock Waste Water Treatment Works. Waste heat will be used by Clyde Gateway to supply heating, with contractor Vital Energi Utilities Limited laying 3km of pipework to transport hot water into homes and businesses.

Construction of the energy centre at Scottish Water‘s existing Wastewater Treatment Works in Dalmarnock is already underway.

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway, said, “This pioneering project is an important investment in our community and yet another reason for people and businesses to choose Clyde Gateway as their location and take advantage of its fantastic parks, energy efficient buildings and network of walking and cycling routes. By installing district heating at the outset, long term vacant sites will be attractive to everyone seeking a sustainable lifestyle and business environment.”

SP Energy Networks is providing a grant of £2.1 million through its Green Economy Fund to help support the project. Scott Mathieson, network planning & regulation director, SP Energy Networks, said, “By creating a Green Regeneration Innovation District, Clyde Gateway is changing the way people think about heating. This is an exciting sustainable project but also has the potential to tackle fuel poverty in the area. Our Green Economy Fund supports local communities by investing in projects that deliver low carbon solutions and create economic benefits. It’s about achieving a better future, quicker for everyone.”

Paul Kerr, MD of Scottish Water Horizons, added, “We are thrilled to be a part of this project which will see end users benefit from reduced carbon and energy costs to support future generations to come. It is a great example of what can be achieved in supporting the development of local assets for community gain. By helping to power Dalmarnock Waste Water Treatment Works, this project will also support Scottish Water on its journey to net zero emissions by 2040.”

The new district heating network and energy centre is scheduled to complete in autumn 2021.