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Forrest Completes Triangulum Energy Scheme at MMU

The first phase of a new partnership has seen Forrest deliver a full turnkey solar PV solution at the Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Triangulum is a five year €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies and roll them out across the globe. Over a five-year period, Triangulum will transform designated urban districts into smart quarters in three ‘lighthouse cities’ Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway). Concepts learnt will then be transferred to the ‘follower cities’ of Leipzig (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Sabadell (Spain) and Tianjin (China).

As well as delivering significant energy savings, the solar PV install at Birley campus is demonstrating how ‘smart green growth’ can reduce carbon emissions whilst boosting the economy. Led by Manchester City Council, the 157kW system will assist in transforming the ‘Manchester Corridor’, which contains around 72,000 students, into a smart city district.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said “As a market leading innovator in the energy sector, Forrest is delighted to be partnering with Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University, as part of this international project. By being selected as a key Triangulum delivery partner, we are ideally positioned to drive energy efficiency in Manchester and across the UK”.

Mark Duncan, Resources and Programmes Lead at Manchester City Council stated “Triangulum is part of a portfolio of Smart City projects delivered by Manchester City Council.  The innovative energy and carbon saving measures developed here have the potential to be scaled up across the City, leading to further cost and energy savings”.

To view the solar PV drone footage click here.


North West homeowners offered free double glazing to tackle road noise

Around 600 homeowners in the North West who live near motorways or major A roads could soon get free double glazing to reduce noise levels.

A new Highways England initiative will see the owners of more than 3,000 homes across the country being offered upgrades to windows, bi-folding doors and patio doors in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and studies by spring 2020.

Funding for the free noise insulation scheme is part of a £39 million special fund which Highways England is using to reduce noise levels for people living close to motorways and major A roads; it also includes installing noise barriers and low-noise road surfaces.

Ian Holmes, Principal Noise Advisor at Highways England, said: “Motorways are vital for connecting the country and supporting the economy but, at a local level, noise from the vehicles using them can affect people’s health and wellbeing.

“We’re committed to tackling traffic noise across the country and I’d urge anyone who receives a letter from us to get in touch; the scheme is entirely free, from the initial survey to the installation of the new windows and ventilation units.

Highways England has identified locations where new glazing will be the best solution for reducing noise levels, and the owners of some 3,000 eligible properties will be contacted over the next few months to be offered free windows and doors.

Ventilation units will also be fitted which allow air into rooms without windows needing to be opened.

A Cheshire couple, who live less than 80 metres away from a busy motorway, have become the first in England to benefit from the free double glazing scheme.

Fred and June Glass from Frodsham moved into their home around two years ago and were contacted by Highways England contractors due to its location close to the motorway.

The stretch of the M56 near their home is used by over 124,000 vehicles every day, meaning they previously had to put up with constant traffic noise at all times of the day and night. Now, thanks to the scheme, the noise levels in their lounge and bedroom are like a library.

Mr Glass said: “We are delighted to have new double glazed windows and frames installed, free of charge, to help with reducing the noise levels.

“The entire process has been really easy and the communication with Highways England’s contractor, Forrest, and the care taken during the installation was superb.

“We’re really satisfied with the end result and have noticed a huge difference in day-to-day noise levels.”

Highways England has appointed Forrest to carry out the first phase of its free noise insulation initiative.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest, said: “As a contractor with the ability to manage all aspects of this important scheme, including resident communication, property surveying and installation of the proposed improvements, we are thrilled to be appointed by Highways England.

“The project is a great opportunity to contribute to improvements in the health and quality of life of the population most exposed to high traffic noise levels.”

More details on the free noise insulation initiative are available at


Drone captures Southern Water’s project to reduce its carbon footprint with solar power

This eye in the sky captures thousands of solar panels that have been installed at Southern Water sites to help it reduce its carbon footprint.

Working with their solar energy partner Forrest, Southern Water has installed a total capacity of 4.2 MWpk at three sites – enough energy to provide electricity for between 1,000 and 1,400 UK homes every year.

The generation of this additional solar powered energy is helping Southern Water generate 17% of its total energy needs from renewable sources to run the business across Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.

Around 3,200 solar panels have now been installed at Hardham in West Sussex, 5,700 free-standing solar panels have been installed next to our site in Otterbourne, Winchester and more than 7,300 panels are in place and ready to go at Testwood in Totton. The drone footage has captured images of the Testwood and Otterbourne sites.

Forrest designed and installed the panels. The project across the three sites has been managed by Arcadis.

Energy Manager at Southern Water, Martin Ross, said: “The use of renewable energy helps Southern Water reduce its reliance on fossil fuel derived energy, lessening the impact on the environment and helps to cut operating costs. We are excited about the prospect of developing further schemes that maximise energy generation from renewable sources and energy from waste.”

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest, commented: “These are the first projects successfully delivered as part of the renewable energy framework in partnership with Southern Water. The three sites are ideal for solar PV in terms of ground conditions and climate and, by using this space which would otherwise stand empty, our client is reducing their carbon footprint and enabling the best value out of their land.

“These installs continue our strategy in working alongside water utility organisations across the UK to reduce energy costs and carbon across very energy intensive sites.”

To view drone footage of the solar panel sites at Testwood and Otterbourne, please follow the link:


Pioneering science park smart-microgrid scheme moves a step closer with key appointment

Forrest selected by Britain’s Energy Coast to develop Energy Masterplan to bring energy independence to Cumbrian science park


Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) has appointed Forrest as their chosen partner to develop the Westlakes Science Park Low Carbon Energy Masterplan.

The appointment is a critical step for BEC, the owners and operators of Westlakes Science and Technology Park in Cumbria, as it looks to bring low carbon power generation and export capabilities to Westlakes in a bid to develop energy resilience and minimise the carbon footprint of the site.

Securing this unique project by competing against 17 other organisations during the open tender process, Forrest was selected for the scheme near Whitehaven in Cumbria based on technical expertise in addition to their approach to partnering and social value.

Over the coming months Forrest will be developing the masterplan, based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies, to develop a bespoke route map for the two square mile site. Efficiencies of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. This may include distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, energy efficiency measures and demand side response.

With low carbon energy ambitions being key to the delivery of BEC’s business focus and corporate strategy, their ambition for the site is for it to become grid independent for power and heat. Energy storage and demand management will be part of the mix.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said “Being selected for this pioneering scheme demonstrates our commitment to working with innovative clients to drive their low carbon objectives. BEC has some really exciting ideas for future energy activity and we’ll be critical in supporting at strategic level to achieve these and recommend new opportunities which have not yet been considered”.

BEC CEO, Michael Pemberton, commented: “Following our change in strategic direction last year we have been committed to leading the way in sustainable building and low carbon property issues. We went out to an open market for this project to ensure we brought the best thinking to our doorstep. Forrest’s track record in bringing pioneering projects to fruition, together with our shared values as organisations, made them a great fit. With the property industry responsible for a third of all carbon emissions, the intersection between property and energy has never been under more scrutiny, we want to lead positive industry change with this scheme.”

Joe Martin, Head of Funding & Energy at BEC added: “This is a really exciting first step for us – our ambition for Westlakes Science & Technology Park is to become self-sufficient with renewable energy. This will benefit our customers on the Park and provide resiliency against rising energy prices while reducing our carbon footprint. The Park is at the centre of the Energy Coast and our aim is to ensure that it continues to support the growth and development of the UK’s low carbon energy sector.”

Photo Credit: Adamedia Ltd


Forrest appointed to Coal Authority’s Solar PV Framework

Contractor Forrest has secured a place on the Coal Authority’s four year framework to install solar panels across some of its portfolio of land and properties.

Forrest’s specialist in-house energy team will undertake the design and installation of roof and ground mounted solar PV systems alongside two other contractors HBS New Energies and Campbell & Kennedy.

The Coal Authority, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, was established to manage the effects of Britain’s complex coal mining legacy, including mine water pollution.

It is responsible for 75 mine water treatment plants across Britain, which prevents some 4,000 tonnes of iron solids from entering water courses and drinking water each year. Out of the 75 schemes, 43 require some form of at-depth pumping. The consequence of this is an annual power cost of £2 million for the Coal Authority and is why it began to explore various ways to not only offset the demand for electricity on each site but also minimise its climate change impact.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said “We have a strong reputation for delivering rooftop, ground-mounted and even floating solar systems in both the public and commercial sectors and are thrilled to be appointed by the Coal Authority to this new Framework. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Authority to deliver energy technologies to resolve the impact of mining, and establishing innovative and creative solutions to assist in providing a sustainable future”.

Phil Broughton, Innovation Project Manager for the Coal Authority said: We are pleased to be working with Forrest as they will play a part in our aim to significantly reduce the operational costs of some of our treatment schemes across the country. We believe solar arrays are an innovative way to support our overall sustainability goals”.

This latest win comes shortly after Forrest’s appointment to Southern Water’s solar PV framework.


Forrest wins Birmingham Schools Energy Solutions Contract

Contractor Forrest has secured a contract with Birmingham City Council to provide energy generation and efficiency solutions across the Council’s portfolio of schools.

The contract is the first to come out of the four-year RE:FIT framework, which will deliver up to £1.5 billion of improvements to UK public sector organisations’ property estates, following Forrest’s appointment last year.


Forrest Appointed to Southern Water’s Renewable Energy Framework

Southern Water has appointed contractor Forrest as sole contractor to a five year renewable energy framework to install solar panels across their portfolio of sites.

Forrest’s specialist Energy division will undertake the design, supply, installation, operation and maintenance of ground and roof mounted solar PV systems. This is part of Southern Water’s wider plan to increase the amount of renewable energy it produces.


Forrest completes energy generation system for University of Bradford

Contractor Forrest has completed the design and installation of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system for the University of Bradford.

Work under the collaborative project included the installation of two 140kW engines in the University’s JB Priestley Library and Phoenix North East building, work to the existing boiler flue, flue support systems and multiple building roofs.


Sharing our thoughts on the Industrial Strategy – Featured in BDaily North West

Dr. Daniel Strosnider, business development manager for the energy division at contractor Forrest says –

We welcome an Industrial Strategy that recognises the need for growth across the North and shows the economic potential of the region. We anticipate the funding will help to ensure the region continues to be a leader in Research & Innovation, Trade/Investment and Infrastructure, with a focus on creating jobs and boosting economic prosperity.

‘Delivering affordable energy’ has been highlighted as one of the ten ‘pillars’. As interest in battery storage and decentralised energy grows, we hope the strategy fund plays a role in promoting an innovative and prosperous low carbon society. It is important that sustainability and efficiency are at the heart of the strategy, whereby the funding creates long lasting and viable growth, which will continue to improve lives across the region for decades to come. 


Incorporating energy efficiency into university refurbishment – Building 4 Education Feature

Jon Edgar, bid director at contractor Forrest, outlines what’s driving university refurbishment trends and how energy efficiency can unlock the funding to deliver them.

More and more universities aspire to increase investment in their facilities. Rising fees are creating a more discerning student population, placing a higher value on modern, well-designed teaching facilities and accommodation. Consequently, universities face increasing pressure to make their buildings as appealing as possible.