District Heating Pipe Manufacturer Expands

With an ever-increasing number of site owners and developers choosing district heating as a means of delivering low-carbon heat to homes and businesses, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of pre-insulated pipe systems, CPV Ltd, has embarked on a million-pound programme of expansion and refurbishment for its Hampshire-based headquarters and manufacturing plant.
Located in East Wellow, near Romsey, the eight-acre site has been home to the company and its 40 employees since it was acquired in the mid-1990s.  With district heating now finally being recognised by the UK Government, as a technology that can make a significant contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions from the built environment, interest in CPV’s range of pre-insulated steel and plastic pipe systems is at an all-time high.
 
Mark Whettall, the company’s managing director, commented: “This growth in the market has resulted in us needing to increase both our production and stockholding facilities with additional space in excess of some 3,500 square metres.  This means that we’ll be able to supply many more orders directly from stock, speeding up the way in which we can service our customers’ projects – as timescales are usually critical – particularly when they are digging-up busy city streets or residential areas.”
 
“This similarly means that we have had to scale-up our project and engineering teams to support this additional work - complete with the remodelling and refurbishment of our offices, training and presentation suites.” 
 
Mark Whettall added: “It’s an exciting time for the district heating industry; after decades of promotion and lobbying, the technology has finally got its due recognition. Many new, high-profile systems are being installed in towns and cities throughout the UK and this only looks set to increase – particularly as the Heat Strategy published earlier this year by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) clearly underlines the role that district heating will play in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. ”
 
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