CHP building for Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is to use a combined heat and power plant (CHP) in a new performance arts centre.

Engineering company Balfour Beatty will design and install electrical, mechanical and plumbing services for a £10 million Performance Hub at the University’s Walsall Campus.

The 120-seat theatre will also be created with a specialist acoustic attenuation system to reduce sound spilling into other areas of the building.

Combined heat and power (CHP) integrates the production of usable heat and power (electricity), in one single process, making it energy efficient. This contrasts with conventional ways of generating electricity which produces low grade heat which cannot be used.

The arts centre due to launch in 2011, will be open to the public and provide students with state-of-the-art performance space for dance, drama and music.

Alison Brown

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