Networking in the City, specialists in the Property, Finance and Construction sectors held its monthly Chester Curry Club business lunch with speaker George Ablett, Principal Sustainable Development Officer at Cheshire West and Chester Council recently. He revealed the plans for Chester’s proposed Hydro plant at the Old Dee Bridge, Lower Bridge Street, saying; “This was a great opportunity to present the case for the £2.6million hydroelectric scheme and to connect so well with the Business Community. Further interested parties should see the display at the Riverside Innovation Centre.”
He added; “The scheme is in its early stages and there is time for involvement at most stages of the development. The scheme was mentioned days later (24/6/13) at a conference with Minister Ed Davey, with a positive response from the Minister.”
The site dates back to Roman times and was developed into a hydro-power station in 1913, with 3 turbines, which by 1948 were generating up to 40% of Chester’s power. United Utilities now own the site but are due to move out in April 2015. This is the opportunity to plan for a new £2.6million Archimedes-screw Turbine power station, generating 0.6MW of power for the University’s Riverside Innovation Centre and local businesses. The Council are now embarking on a 1-year consultation and are looking to tender for an Architect in January 2014.
This is a challenging project and will be leading the UK in the amount of sustainable energy produced using Archimedes-screw Turbines. The site is Grade 2 listed, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and includes a salmon counting station for the Environment Agency.
The University of Chester and West Cheshire and Chester Council have each committed £1miillion to the project and a further £600,000 is planned to be raised via a share issue ‘crowd funding’ scheme to local businesses, residents and students. A predicted 10-18% Return of Investment should make this a very attractive financial proposition as well as a unique opportunity to support and realise an innovative and leading project generating sustainable and renewable energy for the City.
Next month’s guest speaker on Friday, July 19th is David Maddock, Director of Integrated Health and Safety. David will focus on Construction Design and Management regulations and the proposed amendments due in 2014, which will impact developers and designers significantly during design phases.
Chester Curry Club is the third Friday in the month at the Siam Thai and Teppan-Yaki Restaurant, 32 City Road, Chester at 12.30pm. The lunch costs £20 and places can be booked online at www.networkinginthecity.co.uk
June’s Curry Club presentation from George Ablett, Principal Sustainable Development Officer at Cheshire West and Chester Councily. He revealed the plans for Chester’s proposed Hydro plant at the Old Dee Bridge, Lower Bridge Street.
LtoR: Jane Harrad-Roberts, MD Marketing PRojects, Curry Club host, George Ablett, Principal Sustainable Development Officer at Cheshire West and Chester Council, Mike Skinner, University of Chester Riverside Innovation Centre, Diane Spivey, SPV Consulting & University of Chester and Jonathan Bellis of JB Projects.
Integrated Health and Safety is a North West based construction health and safety consultancy. The company specialises in client support as Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations Co-ordinator during construction projects and as Health and Safety Adviser in monitoring facilities management activity and landlord responsibilities for estates, particularly in the health sector, education and social housing.
Networking In The City Ltd (NITC) was established in Manchester in 1979. NITC is a monthly networking club held at prestigious curry houses and restaurants throughout the UK, catering to property, finance and construction professionals. Each event can and does attract up to 150 business professionals.
The three Mancunian banking professionals who started the Curry Club had the idea of a monthly club offering a relaxed environment to build business and contacts over the nation’s favourite cuisine.
Under the MD Steve Kettle’s stewardship since 2006, NITC has found the successful formula for its Manchester meetings, now embraced by 15 cities throughout the UK, in Manchester, South Manchester, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Bradford, Bolton, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham, Lancashire & The Lakes, Chester, East Cheshire and Shropshire with plans during 2013 for Warrington and Cardiff.
Networking in the City is the fastest growing Property finance and Construction Company in the U.K. Attendees benefit from an informal opportunity to ‘do business’ and meet the sort of contacts they need to plan for future regeneration within the sector.
Speaker and multi-level sponsorship opportunities are available. More information:
Company contact: Steve Kettle, Director
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