About the project

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.
  • £25M 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 Guardbridge project. Specifically, the Guarantee will deliver the following elements:

  1. The expansion of our existing Apprenticeship programme within our Estates Department Trades section. We see a real opportunity to provide work placements for Apprentices within the Guardbridge Energy Centre in a way similar to how we place these staff within the new buildings that we have constructed at the University to directly learn on the job.
  2. Opportunities for local start-ups in areas of catering, cleaning, energy systems maintenance and engineering working closely with our 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