Edina awarded CHP contract at new Merrion House redevelopment

Leading power generation specialist, Edina Group, have been awarded the contract to supply and install 2x 1MWe gas engine generator sets, as part of the redevelopment at Merrion House.

Home to over 1,200 Leeds City Council staff for almost four decades, the landmark building will transform into a state-of-the-art customer service hub and main office base for Leeds City Council and its partners. The development is part of an initiative to reduce the council's office buildings in the city centre from 17 to 4, bringing long-term savings.

The Merrion House project is a partnership between Leeds City Council and Town Centre Securities Plc that is being delivered by BAM Construction. Edina Group has been awarded the contract to replace the buildings existing's stand-by diesel generators, and supply and install two high efficient natural gas 1MWe MWM manufactured TCG 2020V12K generator sets as part of the building power infrastructure.

The generator sets will be contained within a purpose built generator room and provide Merrion House with stand-by power supply when called upon to run in the event of a mains failure. The generator sets will also be used to export power to the National Grid, creating a revenue stream via the capacity mechanism market.

Gas engines offer greener environmental credentials, reduced operational costs, and cleaner and cheaper fuel when compared to their diesel counterpart. The MWM gas generating sets selected are world renowned for achieving maximum electrical and thermal efficiency, offering low operating and service costs and high reliability and availability.

As the sole distributor for MWM in the UK and Ireland, Edina Group have successfully supplied, installed and currently maintain a number of gas and diesel generator sets across a wide range of industry sectors in the UK and Ireland, supporting clients to meet their energy needs whilst providing security of supply in the event of a power outage.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said, "This is a significant milestone in the ambitious project to transform Merrion House which will help it to become a key component in what is now a thriving and vibrant arena quarter."

"These improvements will complement the first direct arena and the Merrion Centre, supporting the continued economic and cultural growth of the area while helping the council to achieve significant savings."

"Once completed, Merrion House will also be a state-of-the-art base for some of the council's key front-line staff which will allow us to deliver services in a more sustainable and cost effective way both now and in the future."

"Bringing these services all under one roof will also mean members of the public will be able to access what they need from us quicker and more efficiently."

The new Merrion House is scheduled to open in 2018 and will provide a one stop centre for all main council services in Leeds city centre. The project will rejuvenate the original 1960's building, providing contemporary works spaces and environment benefits to employees and visitors alike.

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