Hammersmith children help green energy drilling at new Civic Campus

Local schoolchildren were on hand yesterday to support the drive for clean energy at H&F’s new Civic Campus.

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Leader of H&F Council, Cllr Stephen Cowan (pictured centre) with local schoolchildren at H&F's new Civic Campus in King Street, Hammersmith

Local schoolchildren were on hand yesterday to support the drive for clean energy at Hammersmith & Fulham’s new Civic Campus.

Pupils from Flora Gardens Primary School and Hammersmith Academy joined H&F Leader Cllr Stephen Cowan as a drill was driven 136m into the ground to draw water to power a heat pump to cool and heat the new facilities on King Street.

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Cllr Stephen Cowan with pupils from Flora Gardens Primary School

As H&F prepares for its first Climate Carnival next week, the council continued pursuing its commitment to powering its buildings with green energy as part of the overall ambition for the borough’s carbon emissions to be net zero by 2030.

The first phase of the new Civic Campus is due to open in 2022 and will comprise a new cinema, retail outlets, new performance and events space and genuinely affordable new homes for local people. The scheme will also offer homework space for young people, a roof-top public bar and cafe, public art gallery space and a new public square. The project will also save public money by making a profit and delivering significantly better value office space.

The heat pump system at the Civic Campus uses two 136m deep water wells, each 400cm in diameter, to draw water out of the underlying Thames aquifer. The wells are drilled through London clay, mudstone and overlying chalk which contains groundwater.

Once drilled into the chalk, the well is sleeved with a steel case and then tested. The system will produce 600 Kilo Watts (kW), equivalent to 60 times the heating requirement of a standard house.

The project is being delivered through a joint venture partnership between H&F and A2Dominion. Its construction is being undertaken by Ardmore with the heat pump work contracted to GCore Limited.

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Cllr Stephen Cowan discussing the heat pump drilling work with students from Hammersmith Academy

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