Housing / District heating for new Staney Hill development

An architect's image of the proposed terraced housing above the school hostel for the Staneyhill housing project. Image: Hjaltland Housing Association

THE UPCOMING Staney Hill housing development will connect to the Lerwick districting heating system, it has been confirmed.

The prospect of the large scheme linking to the Shetland Heat Energy and Power (SHEAP) network has long been talked about, and last year it was discussed with government minister Patrick Harvie.

The Hjaltland Housing Association scheme will feature around 300 properties, with initial work on the infrastructure element already underway with financial support worth £19 million from the Scottish Government.

Construction on the first houses could start in 2025.

Linking it to the SHEAP network for heating and hot water will be the first major expansion of the system, which pumps water around Lerwick that is heated from burning rubbish, in 15 years.

The connections to the scheme have also been especially designed to use lower temperature heat, which should increase efficiency.

Executive director Derek Leask said: “We’re really pleased to continue our good relationship with Hjaltland housing.


“It’s tremendous for the community to see their continued investment in new affordable homes.

“We’re delighted to complement that by providing the cheapest cost and lowest emission networked energy in Shetland to the scheme. We’re sure this will be appreciated by the new tenants and wish Hjaltland every success with the development.”

Danish district heating specialists COWI has been working with SHEAP for 25 years and will collaborate again on the project.

Market director Thomas Andreas Ostergaard said: “We are really pleased to see further expansion of the scheme and we were excited to work with SHEAP on designing the modern, low temperature network that will supply the homes in Staney Hill.”

Paul Leask, head of investment and asset management with Hjaltland Housing Association, commented: “The association has been a supporter of the Lerwick district heating for many years now and right from the early design stages we wanted to connect all our new build properties at Staney Hill into the scheme.

“We are delighted to have commenced with the infrastructure for the project and welcome the fact the expansion of the network will provide energy efficient and cost-effective heating and hot water to our future tenants.”

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