Published 04 March 2022

West Dunbartonshire Council’s pioneering heating network has been honoured with another prestigious national award.

The Queens Quay Water Source Heat Pump and District Heating network in Clydebank took a major prize in the annual COSLA Excellence awards, which celebrates the outstanding work of local authorities across Scotland.

Winning the Just Transition To A Net Zero Economy category, the project has quickly made a positive impact on the town’s Queens Quay area since it became operational in November 2020.

An integral part of the ambitious development programme to regenerate the site of the former John Brown Shipyard, the £20 million technology is the first large-scale water source heat pipe scheme of its kind in the UK.

It will contribute to making Clydebank one of the greenest areas in the country and a core part of the Council’s Climate Change Strategy & Action Plan that aims to ensure West Dunbartonshire is Net Zero by 2045.

The Energy Centre’s heat pumps extract water from the Clyde and transform this into low carbon heat for homes and businesses around the Queens Quay site. 

It supplies heat to Council offices at Aurora House, the Titan Enterprise Centre, Clydebank Leisure Centre and Queens Quay House Care Home. It has also connected with the new 147 social housing development due for occupancy in the summer and will connect with the new Clydebank Health Centre in early 2023.

The low carbon system has been designed on a modular basis to enable future expansion of the heating network beyond Queens Quay to serve the Golden Jubilee Hospital, the Dalmuir flats and potentially the Clyde Regional Shopping Centre and beyond.

The project has already earned a prestigious honour from the European Heat Pump Awards, recently naming Clydebank Heat Pump City of the Year for 2021 and the Scottish Renewables, Carbon Reduction Awards, at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in 2021.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of the Council’s Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development Committee said: “I am proud to see this pioneering project getting more recognition as West Dunbartonshire leads the way on the quest to achieve the target of Net Zero emissions.

“Using a natural resource to provide energy not only benefits the environment it also supports residents and will help fuel poverty at a time when the cost of living is rising.”

Councillor Daniel Lennie, Board Member of West Dunbartonshire Energy LLP, added: “I am pleased to see that COSLA has recognised the vital contribution that this project is making to the Clydebank area – not just now but for generations to come.

“Years of work and planning have gone into making this innovative energy scheme a reality and I’m delighted for everyone involved to see its success recognised with another award.”

The ambitious £20million project was supported with £6.1m funding from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. The partners involved are West Dunbartonshire Council (Owner of West Dunbartonshire Energy), Vital Energi and Star Refrigeration, including the support from Scottish Government.