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A former record factory that pressed tracks by TheBeatles, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd has been turned into a state-of-the-art district heating hub in west London.

The Old Vinyl Factory is being regenerated as an art deco hub of offices, homes, restaurants, shops, cinema and live music venue, and the district energy system will provide heating and hot water to the surrounding area of Hayes.

The energy centre uses six 927 kW boilers, a thermal store and a 459 kW combined heat and power unit to deliver low carbon supplies to the buildings through a 1km pipe network.

This week developer U+I signed a £22m deal with Veolia for the company to manage the energy centre.

Veolia’s operations and field teams will provide 24/7-year-round support for the centre and district heating scheme, operate billing and metering systems, and manage end-user supply agreements.

Richard Kirkman, Veolia’s chief technology & innovation officer, said: “The energy efficiency of buildings is now key to establishing the sustainable cities of the future, and this development really highlights the benefits gained from a decentralised low carbon energy approach. Through our long term district heating commitment, the new community will get the guaranteed, cost-effective energy they need.”

This story originally appeared on our sister site, Power Engineering International.