Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
Land Securities own the largest underground car park in Europe which, due to health and safety reasons, needed to be lit 24/7. They were concerned about electrical consumption on one of their flagship retail assets and therefore wished to reduce grid consumption and decarbonise through embedded generation.
Syzygy undertook a site survey and analysis of the existing energy consumption. Working with leading contractors to develop a ground-breaking framing design to minimise the load on the existing light-weight roof. The project resulted in a 250kWp installation being installed in July 2012.
Our work in developing the project, putting together the technical specification, running a competitive tender and managing the construction contract enabled Land Securities to deliver the largest solar pv installation on a shopping centre in Europe. Syzygy monitors and operates the asset on an ongoing basis, and it has consistently performed ahead of expectations, reducing grid consumption by 25%.
Biffa Waste Transfer Station, Edmonton
Biffa one of the UK's largest waste processing businesses, had high on-site consumption. They wished to reduce their overall carbon footprint through working in collaboration with their landlord to future-proof their building.
Syzygy managed this project from inception through to completion. A key element of this was negotiating with Biffa on Aberdeen Asset Management's behalf and importantly, providing Aberdeen Asset Management's legal team with a simple leasing structure that has successfully been used on over 30 landlord funded solar pv projects on 'FRI' leased assets. Both Aberdeen Asset Management and Biffa worked in close collaboration throughout the process, which saw 250kWp of solar pv being installed in November 2015.
Our work has enabled Aberdeen Management to achieve an improved EPC rating, improving the energy performance of the building as well as generate a positive financial return to their investors. Syzygy has worked on 30 similar projects where proactive landlords have funded occupiers to lower their carbon footprints in a painless and low-risk way.
St Stephen’s Hull
British Land and their local team have a deep-rooted commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the environmental credentials of their assets. The project was to install 280KW of Solar PV.
After carrying out a site survey, inspecting the electrical infrastructure and analysing the electricity usage we determined the optimum system size for the project. As is common across our project work, we managed the entire process from grid connection, planning, managing structural engineers, design, specification and running a tender process with a panel of leading installers then managing the construction element before signing off and beginning the operation and monitoring of the site.
The centre has won many sustainability awards such as the 2014 Regional Chambers Award and the 2011 British Land CSR Award.