About the project

Find out about the aims for the Eden Campus Energy Centre project and the teams responsible for driving it. 

Project aims

  • To achieve a step change in carbon emissions.
  • To control energy costs.
  • To establish a green supply chain with local economic benefit.
  • To be a low carbon exemplar and demonstrate the learning journey.
  • To implement the Guardbridge Guarantee.

Project description

  • 6.5MW biomass boiler, fuel processing and handling system.
  • 6km flow and return transmission hot water pipeline.
  • Local district heating network to 17 building complexes at North Haugh.
  • Buildings integration and controls for plant rooms.
  • Design, build and operate contract.
  • £25 million total project cost.
  • 34.3 GWh of heat.
  • Phased carbon saving potential of at least 10,000 tonnes.

Guardbridge Guarantee

The Guardbridge Guarantee is a concept that seeks to embed a culture of local investment across all companies involved in the Eden Campus project. Specifically, the Guarantee will deliver the following elements:

  1. The expansion of the University's existing apprenticeship programme within our Estates Department Trades section. There will be a real opportunity to provide work placements for apprentices within the Eden Campus Energy Centre to learn directly on the job in a way similar to how staff are placed within the new buildings that the University has constructed.
  2. Opportunities for local start-ups in areas of catering, cleaning, energy systems maintenance and engineering working closely with the University's energy partner. 
  3. The creation of more highly skilled and better paid jobs, and to foster a self-sustaining and ambitious climate of entrepreneurial advance.
  4. To encourage economic activity and investment across Scotland, thereby sharing the benefits of growth, and to secure a high quality environment today and a sustainable legacy for future generations, which will act to strengthen Scotland’s positioning as a great country to do business.

Design team

  • Project manager – Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Architect – Cullinan Studio
  • Mechanical and electrical engineer – Buro Happold
  • Civil and structural engineer – URS
  • Cost consultant – Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Planning – Jones Lang Lasalle
  • EIA – Environ