The MCW designed Energy Centre at the University of Northampton’s new £330m Waterside Campus has received Planning Approval from Northampton Borough Council. The building will be the first to complete on the new Campus development and will provide low carbon heat to all Academic, Residential and future Commercial buildings via a district heating network.
While the building form is effectively ‘box’ like due to its technical nature, the external envelope has been developed to create a visually strong elevation to the north responding to the primary aspect from the University’s ‘arrival square’. All boiler flues are collected and rise through a 26m high tower that naturally develops out of the building’s internally lit ‘saw tooth’ facade giving a positive landmark statement of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The building has two primary levels housing a woodchip biomass boiler, gas boilers, thermal storage vessels together with associated ancillary plant equipment. The energy centre has been future proofed to allow the installation of combined heat and power plant.
MCW have been retained by Vital Energy to complete the detail design and construction. The building is due to complete in June 2017.