Derby Innovation Centre
In 2015, EvoEnergy were awarded the work by contractors Morecrofts and G F Tomlinson to install a solar PV system on the rooftop of a new £11.8m Innovation Centre, situated at the heart of the multi-million pound Infinity Park; a joint venture between Rolls-Royce, Derby City Council and developers Cedar House and Wilson Bowden Developments.
The Infinity Park project was initially revealed in 2013 and, once complete, will offer over 1 million square feet of new commercial property. The Innovation Centre is the first development to be completed at the Infinity Park Derby – recently awarded Enterprise Zone status – and its combination of meeting rooms, workshops and offices space will serve as a collaborative space for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs to develop new technologies and expand Derby’s high tech industries.
EvoEnergy’s four-man team completed the installation of the 53 kWp system over the summer in 7 days, with the dual challenge of working and moving materials onsite while the roads and surrounding areas were still under construction.
In total, 212 Risen 250W panels were installed spanning over 350 square metres and strategically positioned to minimise the shading caused by various structures on the rooftop. Every year, the solar PV system will generate over 37,000 kWh of clean energy to be used onsite, also reducing its carbon output by over 20 tonnes annually.
The 53 kWp solar system is just one of a series of environmental features included in the design of the building; air source heat pumps, natural ventilation and a floodwater drainage system are all integrated with the intention of achieving the highest possible BREEAM score rating for sustainable construction.
James Clifford, National Account Manager for EvoEnergy, commented:
“We’re pleased to be supporting such an exciting project to boost the whole East Midlands economy. The fact that its design has had sustainability at its heart from the very beginning serves as an inspiration to other firms with green ambitions.”
“In terms of developing local talent, Derby City Council is definitely going the right way about it. By constructing the Innovation Centre it’s attracting a new workforce from the local area, creating local jobs and helping fledgling high tech companies to grow.
Whilst the Innovation Centre is the first building to be completed at the Infinity Park, the rest of the 250 acre site is set to be developed over the next 10-15 years with over 8,000 jobs thought to be accommodated at the Park once fully occupied.