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Shawfair Energy Centre

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Summary

Sector
Renewable energy
Value
£3.7m
Location
Midlothian
Status
Completed
Customer
FES Support Services
Completion
November 2023
Duration
10 months
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Civil works and infrastructure for renewable energy project

Robertson is delivering all civils works associated with the Shawfair Energy Centre, as well as constructing a building shell for the centre itself.

The energy centre is part of a wider sustainable district heating network for the Shawfair development that sits just south of Edinburgh. The centre disperses thermal heat taken from the Millerhill energy from waste (EfW) facility, that would otherwise be wasted, to the Shawfair residential development.

Robertson is carrying out the infrastructure work for FES Support Services Ltd, which is delivering the district heating for Midlothian Energy Ltd, a joint venture between Vattenfall Heat UK and Midlothian Council.

16.5MW

Capacity

3000 

Homes supplied

2,500t 

CO2e saved per year

Site preparation while protecting the environment

We cleared the site of existing trees and vegetation ahead of construction, while protecting a rare plant – Pinesap or ‘Dutchman’s Pipe’ – that had been discovered there. We also identified below-ground services, and protected or diverted them where necessary. 

Civil works for district deating network

The site was previously home the Monktonhall Colliery and subject to deep mining from 1954 to 1997. We will install a gas membrane to make the site, and the adjoining ground radon-safe.  

We are carrying out around 300m of trenching works, so that pre-insulated bonded steel pipework for the district heating network can be installed.

Constructing the Energy Centre and associated infrastructure

We will carry out shell works for the new energy centre building, including all structural steelwork, cladding, roofing and internal partitions, and connect it to the mains water supply and telecomms network.

Externally, we are creating a paved hardstanding, ranging from 3m wide around the building to 1.2m around energy enclosures. We will also design, construct and commission a main access road, along with all kerbing, surface water drainage, grasscrete paths and slab and gravel paving.

Furniture and lighting installations will include fixed steel vehicle bollards, lighting columns, CCTV columns, and site signage.