Introduction to ParkPower

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Case Studies

Saughton Park, Edinburgh

As a fore-runner, not just in Scotland but across the UK, Saughton Park was the original ParkPower project and embodies the newly emerging model of a ‘Low Carbon Park’.

Saughton renewable energy hydro Read the case study

Owen Square Park, Bristol

Possibly the best example in the UK of setting up an energy micro-grid based around a central greenspace with energy being generated by and distributed to surrounding buildings on the edge of the park...and it's run by a community co-op.

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Lochore Meadows, Fife

From coal-mining heritage to renewable energy: a water source heat pump is heating the new energy efficient visitor centre and cutting bills long-term at the Lochore Meadows Country Park. 

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Hermitage Park, Helensburgh

A recent park-wide redevelopment project of Hermitage Park, owned and run by Argyll & Bute Council, has led to the development of a highly energy efficient park pavilion to host a public cafe and community space.

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Caird Park, Dundee

Caird Park has recently undergone a major redevelopment by Dundee City Council to build a campus-style cluster of buildings to support regional sports performance facility. The buildings are heated by a low carbon District Heat Network supported by a wide range of renewable technologies.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), Stratford, London

QEOP covers an area of 230 ha of former industrial land that was classified as vacant and derelict.  Development of the site for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games included a commitment as part of the Sustainable Development Strategy to provide a combined cooling, heat and power generation facility together with distribution networks across the site.

Olympic Park River Lea Westfield Mall  Read the case study

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Exemplar Sites

Our dedicated Exemplar Sites page highlights projects that either demonstrate the use of green energy technologies in public parks and greenspaces or use innovative organisational models.

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The potential of ground-source heat pumps in public parks

This feasibility study explored the potential for Ground Source Heat Systems (GSHS) to provide renewable heat for community buildings while providing an ongoing revenue funding stream to deliver greenspace management in line with priorities identified by the community. The report explores the potential of GSHS in three public park settings in Edinburgh and outlines the factors most likely to contribute to a successful use of GSHS. This study was supported by an Investing in Ideas grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

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