The Energy Park

The Energy Park

The first public exhibition in the Energy Park-'EnergyWorld'-was held for four weeks in August and September 1986. The exhibition was based on a show village of fifty-one houses designed to demonstrate a range of energy-saving measures to the public and to a wide technical audience. All the houses had to incorporate features to meet the required energy performance standard in the form of the Milton Keynes Energy Cost Index (MKECI) and many of the houses achieved far greater savings. Houses in the exhibition were built by the major developers, small local builders, overseas companies and the utility organizations.

'Business Week' at EnergyWorld was officially opened by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Thatcher MP, who spent two hours visiting the exhibits and activated Britain's first solar-wind co-generation project. Seven of the EnergyWorld houses are representative of housing schemes within nearby Shenley Lodge. Housing development is already under way on twelve other sites within the Energy Park, covering a variety of tenures, including owner occupation, shared ownership, Housing Association, private rent, sheltered and special rental accommodation. Three of the schemes under construction are being sponsored under the European Commission's Energy Demonstration Scheme.

Agreement has been reached with two of the country's leading property groups to develop two separate industrial units of 4,500 sq.m. and 3,500 sq.m. each, with up to 50% office content. Both buildings will be at the forefront of current energy design and incorporate advanced energy management technology.

As part of our support for innovative energy projects we have been considering the possibility of using Furzton Lake, which is under construction, as an ambient heat source; a consultant's feasibility study has been commissioned.

The energy telemetry system was successfully demonstrated at EnergyWorld. Discussions have continued with the energy utilities and the Department of Energy regarding provision of an energy telemetry service in the Energy Park. Plans are also in hand to develop a comprehensive commercial energy management service.