Epsom Railway Station has been redeveloped to provide new and improved facilities for the town alongside 117 new homes, a Travelodge hotel, and three retail units.
The scheme has been developed by Solum Regeneration – a joint partnership between Network Rail and Kier Property that has been set up to deliver commercial development at railway stations and on underused railway land.
Evinox Ltd, a local company based in Epsom, has provided a complete communal heating solution for the station development. This includes M&E design support, Heat interface units and an energy metering and billing service. Managing Director David Whitfield commented
“As a local business owner and Epsom resident, I was very keen for Evinox to be involved in this exciting regeneration scheme. From the early planning stages we worked closely with the M&E consultant on the design, to help ensure that the best system was specified for the building”.
The mixed-use scheme will provide Epsom with 54 mixed tenure affordable apartments for developer Orbit Homes, and 63 private apartments that have been purchased by FizzyLiving, a subsidiary of Thames Valley Housing. FizzyLiving are providing apartments for rental, which are targeted at the ‘priced-out generation.’
The communal heating system is connected to an energy centre that includes a combination of dual fuel, bio diesel and gas fired boilers to achieve renewable targets and reduce carbon emissions for the building.
Each apartment features an Evinox ModuSat heat interface unit with integrated hot water storage tank. The ModuSat draws energy from the main heating primary circuit delivered from the energy centre. This is in line with latest legislation encouraging centralised plant rather than the use of individual heating and hot water systems. The ModuSat storage model enables the centralised plant space to be greatly reduced due to the increased thermal storage facility being utilised in each apartment.
Residents benefit from the Evinox remote billing solution, where they only pay for the proportion of energy that they consume, and they will receive fully itemised bills. The ModuSat heat interface units feature in-built energy meters, which enable Evinox to accurately monitor and record the energy used to provide heating and hot water for each dwelling. Additional, using SmartTalk™ two-way data communication, the system in each dwelling can be remotely metered, controlled, interrogated and tested. This provides a number of important benefits for the residents and landlords, but foremost it avoids unnecessary call-outs and allows empty apartments to be monitored and controlled without the need to visit site.
Evinox are also providing service and maintenance contracts for both the ModuSat Heat Interface Units and the central plant equipment at the development.