We are delighted to announce that following the recent construction of Phase 1 of the Leeds PIPES district heating project, the scheme has received £2.4m of funding which will see the scheme extended by a further 2.5km and connect five of Leeds’ most iconic buildings.
The funding comes from the government’s Heat Networks Investment Programme (HNIP) and will allow further expansion of the 16.5km network into The Headrow, where it will connect Leeds City Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Town Hall, St George House and Leeds Civic Hall.
The scheme takes waste heat generated at the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF), converts it into useable heat and then transports it through the district heating network. The project currently serves commercial buildings and council tenanted dwellings, but the new phase will add several of the council’s best-known civic buildings to the network.
The project, which will substantially reduce Leeds’ carbon footprint, is scheduled to be completed over a 12 month period and will be delivered at the same time as the city centre section of the Connecting Leeds project, to keep disruption to a minimum.