Manchester city centre’s skyline has dramatically changed in recent years. Everyone who has flown in, stood on top of Winter Hill or driven down the M61 will have seen the profile of the buildings changing.
There is to be another addition to this however and it is an exciting development!
The Tower of Light which will stand next to the iconic Manchester Central building will encase the dispersion flues needed for the combined heat and power centre which is being constructed under one of the railway arches.
A combined heat and power system is one which captures heat from energy generation and converts this back into energy.
The energy generated from this scheme is set to power some of Manchester’s landmark buildings such as the Town Hal and Central Library.
This is already fulfilling a key policy as set out in the draft Great Manchester Spatial Framework which was consulted on earlier this year by creating a heat network and taking a leap towards making Manchester a carbon neutral city by 2038.
Vital Energi has started on site with the £20m Civic Quarter Heat Network being built in Manchester city centre to supply buildings such as the Town Hall Extension, Art Gallery and Central Library with low-carbon energy. Manchester City Council has been working with sustainable energy supplier Vital Energi on the plans for a number of years, which are part-funded by the Government’s £320m Heat Network Investment Project. The project is topped by a distinctive Tower of Light flue designed by architect Tonkin Liu.