Heating Infrastructure Project

Levitt Bernstein, Liverpool, 2010


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Construction of new energy centre to rationalise the heating infrastructure of the University of Liverpool campus

The aim of the project was to create a combined heat and power unit comprising of a gas engine, associated combination boiler and two conventional boilers in one energy efficient installation. This provides electricity, primary high-temperature heat and effective re-use of high and low grade waste heat.

The new building is situated next to the listed 19th century Royal Liverpool Infirmary, and its associated boiler house, both designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse.

The energy centre has an innovative patterned and ventilated cladding system of specially formed trapezoidal aluminium ‘scales’, whose colour and appearance adjust according to the quality and direction of the light. The chevron pitched roofs reflect the varied roofscape of the historic core of the campus and are designed for the retrofitting of photovoltaic panels


  • Begun: Jul 2008
  • Completed: Jan 2010
  • Floor area: 630m2
  • Sectors: Education, Industrial
  • Total cost: £15.5M
  • Funding: University of Liverpool
  • Procurement: JCT 05 Standard Building Contract with Quantities (SBC/Q)
  • Address: Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GF, United Kingdom

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