Danish Energy Minister visits George Square

Denmark's Minister of Energy visited George Square to see pipes from Danish company, Logstor being installed.

Laying pipes at George Square
Danish Energy Minister visits George Square pipe installation works

Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Lilleholt, visited George Square on Monday 14th May 2018 to see the installation of district heating and cooling pipework manufactured by Danish company Logstor.

The heating pipes and other cabling currently being laid in the trenches running along the north side of George Square will ‘future proof’ the University’s low carbon energy network and extend and reconfigure its energy and communications infrastructure.

The project is part of the University’s long-term strategy to evolve its energy solution as it develops the central campus area. The pipes are being installed in preparation for the remodelling work to the New Student Centre at Teviot and connection to the site of the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the former Royal Infirmary.

The existing energy centre at Charles Street Lane is also being remodelled, 308m of district heating, 280m of district cooling and 360m of High Voltage cabling are being re-routed to connect the Edinburgh Futures Institute, The Hugh Robson Building, 7 George Square, 1 George Square, 7 Bristo Square and the Student Centre at Teviot to the existing energy centre and make further planned connections easier.  Other works include installing communications ducting and water and gas pipework.

Reconfiguring and extending the network will ‘futureproof’ the University’s infrastructure, making it easier for the network to expand and connect new buildings and new developments as they happen and help the University achieve its ambition of being carbon neutral by 2040.

The University’s on site contractor, Vital Energi, is working with the University to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum and works are performed in a sensitive way.  Shutdowns and tie-ins will be performed out of core hours, noisy works will be scheduled to minimise disruption to exams and all external works have been scheduled so as not to clash with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Vital’s team will also be joined by an Archaeologist who will examine any finds from the trenches and ensure that anything of archaeological value is investigated and preserved.

May 2018