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Heat pump project key to city’s low carbon future

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan visited the site of the new Castle Park water source heat pump project in Bristol, which will revolutionise how the city generates low-carbon heat.

The 3MW water source heat pump will be the largest project of its kind in England and will take water from the nearby floating harbour and use it to generate heat and hot water for local businesses and residents.  

The heat pump will be housed in an energy centre which will have a mixed-use development built above it.  When operational it will contribute low carbon heat to the Bristol Heat Network which already supplies over 1,0000 properties.

Scott Lutton, operations director – North & Scotland explains: “This project is an ambitious partnership between Bristol City Council and Goram Homes which will deliver rapid decarbonisation and make a substantial contribution to meeting their carbon reduction targets whilst delivering secure, affordable homes.  This is a particularly exciting as large-scale water source heat pumps are an underused renewable solution and this will be a fantastic showcase to demonstrate the carbon reductions they can generate.”

Both mayors toured the site, received a project briefing from Project Director Hugh Thompson and learned more about how the heat pump will take water from the nearby harbour and convert it into useable heat and hot water.