London's first low-carbon heat network opens to the public

Some of the capitals most concealed landmarks will open to visitors for the annual Open House London weekend on the 22-23 September 2012. CityWest Homes are proud to announce that our very own Pimlico District Heating Undertaking (PDHU), the UK’s first combined heat and power network, will be one of them.

Located in heart of London, the PDHU provides heating and hot water services to 3,256 homes, 50 commercial premises and three schools via 5km of heating mains. Built in the 1950s, the network was the first major initiative to combat London’s air pollution, ahead of the Clean Air Act of 1956.

Its original use was to reduce heat waste from Battersea Power Station and to supply housing that, needing no coal fires, could be built without adding to London smog. The network has a thermal store (a 41 metre tall tower), which stores 2,300 tonnes of water just below boiling point. Visitors can view the impressive engines used to power PDHU, or climb up the tower for a view of Westminster and the Thames.

Westminster City Council and its housing provider CityWest Homes have ambitious plans in place for the expansion of the network to provide more low carbon heat networks across the city.

Mark Hoyland, Chief Executive of CityWest Homes, said: “This is a unique opportunity for visitors to discover how this remarkable site provides thousands of homes and businesses in the city with clean and sustainable energy.

It remains an invaluable source of energy at a time when household bills continue to increase. We are committed to providing our residents with the best possible value for money while minimising the impact on the environment.

Through more innovative thinking we can look expand the network with Westminster City Council to benefit more homes across city.”

Tours to the PDHU are on 22 September 2012. You don’t need to book a place, just arrive any time between 10am – 4.30pm at the Pumphouse, Churchill Gardens Road, SW1V 3JF. Visitors are advised to wear practical shoes and no loose clothing. For further information, please contact Chris Richardson, energy strategy manager, CityWest Homes, on 020 7245 2076 or

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