Cryfield Energy Centre
The design expresses a rural, industrial aesthetic, responding to its existing setting. Interior spaces have been planned efficiently for the optimum functioning of the mechanical plant, but a pair of pitched roofs break down the mass of the building and are reminiscent of nearby barn-type structures. The roof is clad in dark patinated zinc and sits above a rustic red brick base.
The Energy Centre contains two 2MWe natural gas fired CHP engines and one 5MWe boiler, and has the capacity to house an additional CHP engine and an additional boiler. The heat generated by the plant is fed into the existing campus district heating network and the electricity generated is distributed using the existing campus HV network. Excess heat produced when demand is lower can be held in a thermal store and surplus electricity can be sold to the National Grid.
The building also contains ancillary accommodation, such as workspace and welfare accommodation, for a handful of maintenance staff. The design has been developed on a modular basis, with the potential for future expansion to accommodate low carbon technologies.