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Energy centre by Levitt Bernstein Associates

Architects: Levitt Bernstein Associates
Location: Liverpool, England
Client: University of Liverpool Energy Company (ULEC)
Structural Engineering: Curtins Consulting
Main Contractor: Emcor Engineering Services Ltd
Project Year: 2009
This project rationalises the heating infrastructure of the entire university campus by constructing a new energy centre in place of various remote boiler houses. The first phase is the installation of new underground pipework to link different parts of the campus. View more after the jump:


The new energy centre contains a combined heat and power unit comprising a gas engine and associated combination boiler, plus two conventional boilers in an energy efficient installation. This provides electricity, primary high-temperature heat and effective re-use of high and low grade waste heat. It is situated in a new building 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 adjusts 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. – from Levitt Bernstein Associates
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