Inventa Partners Appointed for UK Energy and Environmental Project in £1.5 billion Elephant & Castle London Regeneration

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The Elephant & Castle Regeneration Project team has appointed Inventa Partners to advise on the feasibility of establishing a UK public/ private joint venture to provide sustainable heating, cooling and power at a local level for the £1.5 billion development in South London.

The Elephant & Castle Regeneration Project team has appointed Inventa Partners, with Brian Dunlop Associates consulting engineers, to advise on the feasibility of establishing a public/ private joint venture EESCo (Energy and Environmental Services Company) to provide sustainable heating, cooling and power at a local level for Southwark Council’s £1.5 billion development in South London.

Inventa Partners will identify key technologies and capabilities that the Elephant & Castle project team can employ, as well as potential commercial partners and methods of alternative funding. The company specialises in the application of new building and construction technology – often 5 to 10 years in advance of the sector’s current ‘state of the art’ - with access to resources that include £60 billion of research funding and 30,000 scientists through its European technology partners, the company says.

The project brief for Inventa Partners and Brian Dunlop Associates is to support the sustainable regeneration of Elephant & Castle through the design of renewable energy and alternative sources of water supply; the delivery of energy and environmental services to residents and businesses; climate responsive architecture and urban design; on-site generation of heat and power; and community heating and power infrastructure.

Chris Horn, Elephant & Castle urban redevelopment project director, says:- “The £1.5billion Elephant & Castle urban redevelopment project, backed by the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, will over the next 10 years re-develop and revitalise the Elephant & Castle area of Southwark, representing one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in Europe.

“We have set ourselves very stretching goals for energy efficiency and sustainable development in order to meet the social and environmental needs of the generations that will live and work in the area. Inventa Partners have been appointed to bring innovation and thinking to all areas of this project and will look to harness the knowledge of their European technology partners as well as their extensive commercial networks to meet the long term objectives of this project.

“Their association with Brian Dunlop Associates provides us with a unique combination of knowledge, capability and innovation that should ensure that we are well placed to make the right energy and environmental decisions as we move forward”.

Inventa Partners was set up in 2001 to identify new advances in technology that companies in the building and construction sector can employ to achieve competitive advantage through product differentiation. The company’s services include management of the process of technology transfer through to full commercialisation, supported by relationships with its major European research and development partners such as QinetiQ and the Fraunhofer Institute.

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1. Elephant & Castle Project

The £1.5 billion, 170-acre regeneration will bring vast benefits for the local community and for the people of London, according to the. It will unlock 5,200 new and replacement homes, four new open and green spaces, two tram routes, a market square, landmark buildings, a city academy for Southwark and a civic heart for south central London. There will be 75,000 m2 of new retail space which will create opportunities for existing and new businesses and will also bring 5,200 new jobs to Elephant and Castle.

Main Project web site: http://www.elephantandcastle.org.uk
Energy, Waste & Water plan: http://www.elephantandcastle.org.uk/downloads/Section_7.pdf

2. Inventa Partners

Inventa Partners enable companies to develop new strategic business opportunities by resolving the critical obstacles to major technological innovation in their manufacturing processes, materials and finished products.

Inventa Partners, of Winchester in Hampshire, was founded in 2001 and is currently focused on innovation within the ‘built environment’: the materials, processes and structures required for the construction, maintenance and servicing of residential and commercial property, public spaces and transport infrastructure.

The building and construction sector increasingly requires new solutions to meet the growing technical demands arising from environmental, legislation and other pressures. Current project applications by Inventa range from finding new materials for minimising the water and energy consumption of building services systems, to advanced coatings for the external fabric of buildings that will reduce the cost of operation.

Inventa offers client companies a knowledge base of technological innovation that is often five to ten years ahead of an industry’s prevailing state of the art, the company says. This results from successful R&D undertaken by Inventa’s technology partners, with resources that include some 30,000 scientists and more than £60 billion of research funding.

Further information:    

Inventa Partners, The Coach House, Worthy Park, Kings Worthy, Winchester, SO21 1AN Tel: 01962 888 521 E-m: gideon@inventapartners.com

Media Information:    

Patrick Rea, Rea-TMA Marketing Group. Tel: 020 8870 4976 Fax: 0709 237 9330. E-m: patrick.rea@rea-tma.co.uk

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