Go-ahead for new energy centre

Date: 

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

ThamesWey has been awarded planning consent to build a new energy centre that will secure the future of low carbon energy supplies in Woking for the next 50 years.

The new building, which will be located in Poole Road, will generate low carbon heat and power supplies for development in the town centre and is part of the vital infrastructure enabling Woking to grow sustainably. The first customers will be the new Hilton hotel, shops and over 400 apartments currently under construction as part of the Victoria Square development. Future developments to be supplied by the energy centre include the ‘Woking Gateway’ scheme of 470 apartments near the railway station, construction of which is expected to start in 2021, subject to planning censent.

The new energy centre will have the capacity to generate enough heat and power to supply the equivalent of over 2,500 homes and has been designed with the future in mind by enabling new green energy technologies to further reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Three large thermal stores will provide a striking new landmark as well as providing an efficient way of storing store heat to supply customers at times of peak demand.

Construction of the energy centre will commence on-site later this summer and is expected to be complete by September next year.