Phil Corrigan, StokeonTrentLive
Experts will be paid more than £50 million over the next four years to help develop Stoke-on-Trent’s district heat network (DHN).
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking for contractors to provide ‘technical and professional consultancy’ for the ambitious project, which will provide heat to homes and businesses.
The first 2km of DHN pipes have now been laid in Leek Road and Boughey Road in Shelton, with a further 16km – and a geothermal well – due to be added over the coming years.
Council leaders are setting up a framework of suppliers for the architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services needed for the scheme, which could be worth £54.5 million between now and 2022.
Future tenders will cover everything from plumbing and welding to logistics and site management, and the council is hoping much of this work will be carried out by local firms.
A Heat Academy has been launched at Stoke-on-Trent College to help develop the specialist skills contractors will need to deliver the project. This could lead to Stoke-on-Trent becoming the national hub for the technology.