The new 37,000m2 office, known as The Quadrant:MK, is connected to a district energy scheme which supplies heat and electricity to the new building via a Combined and Heat and Power (CHP) station owned and operated by Thameswey Energy.
The connection is expected to save Network Rail approximately 700 tonnes of CO2 per annum. and has significantly expanded the district energy network within central Milton Keynes. As well as Quadrant MK, a number of key Milton Keynes developments have also connected to the district energy scheme. These include the Pinnacle MK office development, the Vizion residential development, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, as well as the Hub MK.The Milton Keynes district energy scheme was formed as a partnership between the Thameswey Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Woking Borough Council, and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Quadrant MK is the latest and to date largest single building to connect to the scheme since it was formed in 2007. The project includes the construction of a Combined Heat and Power station and associated energy plant to supply low carbon heat and electricity to a number of new buildings within central Milton Keynes.
John Thorp, Managing Director for the Thameswey Group, said: “Network Rail’s decision to connect to the Milton Keynes district energy scheme shows their commitment to reducing their carbon emissions from their new national headquarters.
“Delivered on budget and on time, the new connection marks a step change in district energy within Milton Keynes, as building owners realise the positive benefits of connecting to a local, efficiently generated source of energy.
“Buildings connected to the Thameswey Energy’s CHP energy station in Central Milton Keynes can reduce their carbon emissions by up to 30% per year when compared to traditional forms of energy supply.”
Commenting on the news of the connection, Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “The connection of The Quadrant:MK is a key strategic customer and one that will significantly contribute to success of the Milton Keynes district energy scheme.”