The Manchester City Centre has commissioned Arup and architects Tonkin Liu Architects to develop the shell of its new Combined Heat and Power plant chimney. The new plant supports the region’s shift to a more sustainable economic model. The new ‘Tower of Light’ addition to the plant, will create an iconic feature, hiding what would otherwise be five flues.
As part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s bid to reduce its total CO2e emissions by 48% by 2020 from a 1990 baseline, focus is being placed on energy consumption. At present, the city is seeking ways to produce 1 TWh per year of electricity and 2-3 TWh per year of heat, locally, by 2020.
District heating is one of the many forms of energy sustainability being developed across cities globally. The system offers various benefits, by, among others, reducing the regional and global carbon footprint, diversifying energy distribution, reducing fuel poverty, and aligning with regeneration programmes.