The market leading District Energy team at Bevan Brittan LLP have been appointed by the Master Developer, BXS LP to advise on all the utilities and district energy aspects of the Brent Cross South redevelopment in North West London.
The leading UK developer, Argent and US developer, Related Companies have together formed a joint venture partnership, Argent Related and will be delivering the regeneration of the Brent Cross South site. The overarching project involves the redevelopment of a 67 acre mixed use site which will result in 6700 new homes and up to 4 million square feet of commercial office space. The complex multi-phase development will involve an estimated 25 to 30 year build out.
Bevan Brittan LLP will be advising on the delivery of the site wide utility networks for electricity, gas, water, drainage and the procurement of an ESCo partner for the low temperature 4G district energy network (DEN). The DEN will include energy centres and have the flexibility to accommodate low carbon technologies such as combined heat and power, heat pumps (air and ground source) and heat recovery chillers, along with the potential for a private wire network.
Head of Energy and Resources from Bevan Brittan LLP, Nadeem Arshad:"We are delighted to have been selected by Argent Related to advise BXS LP on one of the most important district energy projects in London. After a competitive selection process, we demonstrated that our extensive experience of advising master developers and ESCO's on UK wide district energy and utilities projects will add value to the delivery of Argent Related's energy vision for the Brent Cross South site."
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