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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has appointed Atkins as primary project consultant to deliver a ground-breaking new low carbon district heating network (DHN) for the city.

Recently awarded a £19.75m grant from central Government to fund the pipe network infrastructure, Stoke-on-Trent City Council selected Atkins to help guide the in-house DHN team through liaison with potential heat customers, confirming the heat demand including connection to buildings, pipework entry routes, physical plantroom space, controls integration and secondary heating circuit operating conditions.

Steve Cowan, senior renewables engineer in Atkins’ Power division, said: “We’re looking forward to building on our relationship with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, helping them to develop what will be one of the largest and most carbon efficient heat networks in the UK. Not only will the Stoke-on-Trent heat network help to reduce emissions and alleviate fuel poverty but it will also help to drive social and economic regeneration.”

Following an initial appointment in November 2014, Atkins worked as part of a consultant team to assist the Council to produce an Outline Business Case (OBC) in less than three months, ultimately securing the grant.

A 350 million year old dormant nearby volcano two miles beneath the city is believed to be the reason the rocks are heated to high temperatures, providing Stoke-on-Trent with a natural and abundant energy resource. A district heating scheme comprises a network of insulated pipes used to deliver heat, in the form of hot water or steam, from the point of generation to an end user.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking to transform the city over the next 30 years, supporting energy, site development, skills and innovation, creating new homes and new jobs. As part of this plan, the energy component involves the delivery of a city-wide district heating network designed to encourage private sector investment in low carbon heat sources.

The DHN will act as a catalyst for further development, creating jobs to build and operate the network, encouraging new businesses and residents through affordable heating supply and importantly, helping to alleviate fuel poverty in the city. The council estimates that the project will help lift 1,000 households out of fuel poverty, saving around 11,500 tonnes of CO2 every year and safeguard over 1,000 jobs.

Find out more about Atkins’ power and renewables division at and more about Stoke-on-Trent Low Carbon District Heat Network at



For more information:

Paul Childs
PR manager, Energy
Tel: +44 207 121 2828

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