University of Kent 
HTHW District Heating & Energy Centre

Through our long-standing relationship with the University of Kent Wilson &
Partners were approached to develop a Canterbury campus site wide
heating infra-structure scheme.

The Brief:
The University Energy Management Team required a full evaluation of the
existing buildings connected to the centralised district heating system. The
aim of the project was to upgrade 26 existing plant rooms across the
campus and completely renovate the central systems to convert the
12MW high temperature hot water system to a more efficient and safe,
low temperate hot water system. The design incorporated a large 1.5MW
Combined Heat and Power Unit into the network.
The scope of services included the following:
• Detailed cost estimate
• Detailed validation study
• Detailed energy analysis
• Stage 2 design for HTHW to LTHW Alterations and CHP
• Stage 2 design for HTHW direct replacement
• New flue design management including Planning documentation
preparation and submission
• Flue Gas Dispersion Modelling

Project Delivery:
In order to deliver the project within the challenging programme
provided, Wilson & Partners relocated two Engineers to site, for an
extended period of time. This allowed optimisation of surveys across the
campus to review and assess plant room equipment in each building.
The project has lead to progressive upgrade of individual plant rooms and
upgrade of the main boiler plant in phases to suit the University’s capital
expenditure programme

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