Gateshead District Heating Scheme

We are supporting Gateshead Council, Clancy Docwra and d3 Associates with the delivery of the new Gateshead District Heating Scheme.

This is an ambitious project to create a sustainable energy source for civic buildings in Gateshead, and commercial partners who are buying into the scheme.

Phase 1 of the project involves the construction of approximately 3km of pipeline through the centre of Gateshead, across the A167 and down to the southern quayside area of the River Tyne.

The pipeline will connect to various buildings including the Civic Centre, The Baltic, The Sage and The Hilton Hotel.

An energy building to supply the pipeline with hot water is being constructed on Quarryfield Road.

DBS are undertaking an intrusive investigation of the pipeline route to provide information on ground and groundwater conditions, to obtain samples for lab testing to identify suitable disposal routes for all trench arising’s, and to identify potential risks to human health and property receptors from contamination.

Our appointed drilling subcontractor on the scheme is Geocore of Cleveland.

To inform the work, we prepared a detailed “Sampling and Analysis Plan” for agreement between all parties prior to commencement, due to the nature of the pipeline route through the centre of historical Gateshead there are a wide variety of potential pollutant linkages based on past site use and location. Our work built upon various Phase 1 reports prepared by the council to move the project forward.

The work is being undertaken under planning controls, our final risk assessment reports will support the discharge of relevant planning conditions.

Further information on the scheme can be found on Gateshead Councils website using the following link:

http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Building%20and%20Development/Regeneration/GatesheadCentre/Gateshead-Town-Centre-District-Energy-Scheme/Gateshead-Town-centre-District-Energy-Scheme.aspx

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