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Fulcrum chosen for 3km natural gas link at new Center Parcs site
Leading UK gas infrastructure and utility connection company Fulcrum appointed by Center Parcs to create pipeline supplying natural gas to a combined heat and power (CHP) and biomass heat generator at the latest Centre Parcs site in Bedfordshire.
The new pipeline will link the national gas network to a central environmentally friendly energy facility at Center Parcs’ new £250million, 360-acre Woburn Forest site near junction 13 of the M1 – the fifth Center Parcs to open in the UK.
The new installation will supply natural gas to an energy centre that includes combined heat and power units (CHP) and a central biomass heat generator, providing energy for the indoor pool and leisure facilities, 625 lodges, a luxury hotel, self-contained spa suites and retail outlets. The gas supply will also support hotel laundry facilities and cooking in the many restaurants.
“This is a forest area so consideration of the landscape and protecting the environment during installation will be just as high on our priority list as a safe and efficient gas supply,” said Fulcrum’s Sales and Marketing Director, Richard Atkinson. http://www.fulcrum.co.uk/
Fulcrum (http://www.fulcrum.co.uk) was selected for the six-figure pipeline design and installation contract by building services design company Cunnington Clark. Fulcrum is now working closely with civil and structural engineers Hannah Reed who have undertaken much of the infrastructure design for Center Parcs Woburn Forest.
“Protection of the environment has always been a fundamental guiding principle for Center Parcs when constructing a new site and Woburn Forest will be no exception. Center Parcs has agreed to a sustainability strategy with the local authority and as such Fulcrum will be providing us with a safe, natural gas connection to support Woburn Forest.”, said Center Parcs Woburn Construction Director Don Camilleri.
The pipeline will consist of a 180-250mm diameter polyethylene main supplemented with 180mm diameter service pipework, over seven times the diameter of domestic gas pipes, with kiosk and meter.
The 14 week installation is expected to commence before September and projected to complete late 2012.
The new works for Center Parcs Woburn Forest are taking place only 20 miles from another significant Fulcrum installation in Aylesbury where the company is providing gas pipeline design and gas infrastructure works for a new £150million “super dairy” for Arla Foods.
Case studies of other Fulcrum installations can be seen at: http://www.fulcrum.co.uk/