West Holborn Renewable Energy Network (WHREN)

Timescales and progress

Phase 1 of the project is now complete.

The Council applied for funding for phase 2 of the project but unfortunately this was unsuccessful.

We are continuing to:

  • evaluate the options for the use of the wells
  • evaluate the use of the wells against other renewable technologies and come up with a design solution that will meet the funding metrics to deliver a successful heat network

The well development works will be incorporated within the enabling works before the energy centre is built.

The design of the Holborn site will include an Energy Centre and Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy Technologies when completed.

The Council will be making a further funding application for the next phase of the project, including detailed design and construction in June 2024.

If the funding application is successful, then the heat network will be operational in December 2027.

Project completion:

It is expected that the overall project will be completed in Spring 2028 (subject to funding and planning).