The UK District Energy Association Full Member:

Manchester City Council

As part of the wider Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) heat network programme, Manchester City Council (MCC) is currently exploring several decentralised energy opportunities at various stages of development.

The current priority for MCC with regards to decentralised energy projects is to ensure that investable schemes are taken from feasibility through to strategic business case, project procurement, final business case, and delivery. The first project for which the business case milestone has been reached is the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat (Energy) Network (CQHN).

The CQHN proposal involves a cluster of primarily MCC owned or controlled buildings supplied with heat from a new central plant room at Manchester Central. The scheme will also include private wire electricity supply. The project is currently out to procurement to appoint a delivery partner via the CEF Framework.

Detailed techno-economic feasibility studies have recently been completed for two further opportunities in Manchester City Centre: an energy network at the Co-op/Hermes NOMA development at the northern edge of the City Centre, and an energy network (or series of clusters) based around Corridor Manchester. A masterplanning study is also underway around the Piccadilly Station area of the city.

Subject to the findings of the masterplanning, it is envisaged that this project will build on the precedent set by the recent Birmingham New Street redevelopment and could take the form of central plant located within Piccadilly generating electricity for on-site consumption at the station, with heat exported into a local heat network of high heat demand buildings.

Beyond Manchester, further studies are underway for MediaCity UK, Ashton Under Lyne, Bolton, and Bury town centres (all detailed techno-economic feasibility), and Salford Central and Trafford Park Industrial Estate (masterplanning).

Further funding has also been secured to support a masterplanning and detailed project development study for the Greater Manchester (GM) Regional Centre. The study will enable strategic planning and co-ordinated development of the portfolio of active heat network projects across Manchester, Trafford and Salford. The study will also investigate legal structures, commercial structures, governance options and funding options for a Regional-level network, and build on the work carried out to date by all of the GMCA Local Authorities.

The heat network programme across Greater Manchester is coordinated by the GMCA Low Carbon Project Delivery Unit (LCPDU) which supports the GM Local Authorities in developing and delivering their aspirations for decentralised energy projects.


Manchester City Council
M60 2LA

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