The South West

Health, wellbeing and community take centre stage at Somerset’s new £150m business park

Bridgwater Gateway will boast a range of on-site facilities

nursery. Meanwhile there will be ample opportunity to stay active, with a trim trail, picnic area and table tennis and boules areas being planned.

Health, wellbeing and community will be at the heart of the £150 million business park which is taking shape beside the M5 in Somerset, according to the scheme’s commercial property agent. The 100-acre Bridgwater Gateway scheme is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase of the mixed- use scheme will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a four-star hotel with conference facilities and a Premier Inn, which is already under construction.

Bridgwater Gateway is adjacent to junction 24 of the M5 and only 12 miles from the site of Hinkley Point C, in an area in which the local economy is expected to grow by 45 per cent by 2030.

Occupiers will enjoy access to vehicle charging points, regular bus services, cycle storage and a nearby cycle route. All offices will have showers installed and there will be an on-site childcare

James Preece, Director in the National Offices team at Colliers International, said: “Increasingly, occupiers are putting health and wellbeing at the top of their priority list and these issues certainly have a central place in the Bridgwater Gateway master plan.Creating a sense of community is key and there will be an app which will allow occupiers to collaborate with each other not only socially, but also over initiatives like lift sharing. All the infrastructure is already in place and Bridgwater Gateway is ready to welcome pre-lets.”

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, said:

“We have a beautiful landscaped site which enjoys views towards the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and which provides all the practical needs and facilities of a business park, but in a setting that allows harmony and an increased diversity in the environment. We believe community has as much relevance in the workplace as at home. We have invested considerably in understanding the ecology and archaeology of our site but also want to understand the nature of the businesses that join us and their teams, in order that we can work together to create a thriving community.”

Somerset Energy Innovation Centre Installs Pioneering Gridimp Dsr System

gridIMP Hub integrated with on-site building management system to analyse energy consumption and inform intelligent demand side response

Somerset, 6th December 2018 – gridIMP, a specialist in demand side energy usage, has announced that its pioneering intelligent Demand Side Response (iDSR) system has been installed at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre (SEIC) in Bridgwater. This test installation has been supported by a grant from Sedgemoor District Council. The gridIMP Hub, integrated into the existing Building Management System (BMS) will enable the SEIC to assess its energy usage patterns in detail, turn assets on or off in response to a DSR call from the National Grid, and ultimately benefit from a fully automated, AI-driven, iDSR approach that unlocks numerous potential revenue streams. At present, the number of commercial users entering the DSR market remains low, with SMEs unsure as to how to integrate new DSR systems, wary of wider market risks, and concerned that implementation may require full time management. With building and facilities managers working to tight budgets, the gridIMP system has been designed to help users de-risk their DSR investment by providing an affordable solution


that interfaces with existing building management, battery storage and on-site generation systems, and supports a phased entry into the DSR market. As the volume of data collected by the gridIMP Hub grows, the system will increasingly enable full, intelligent automation of DSR, removing the burden placed on management teams. For the SEIC, a hub for innovative renewable energy and nuclear power businesses in the South West of England, integration of the gridIMP Hub aligns with the centre’s goal of supporting the development of the growing low carbon energy sector.

Providing a dynamic workspace and encouraging collaboration, the partnership between SEIC and its tenant gridIMP as they develop their AI based DSR technology offers the centre itself the opportunity to work smarter and identify more effective energy solutions.

Installation of the gridIMP Hub was completed within two days, and the system is now fully integrated with all existing

monitoring and control systems, with early data showing identified efficiency gains.

Richard Ryan, Commercial Director, gridIMP, said: “Alongside our other demonstrator projects in the South West, this installation is enabling us to learn a great deal about energy usage patterns for small and medium enterprises, and the potential for an automated iDSR approach to help these businesses overcome traditional barriers to improving energy efficiency and diversifying revenue streams.”

Ben Powis, Somerset Energy Innovation Centre Director, said, “As an organisation with a focus on the energy sector, we have been aware for some time of the opportunities presented by DSR. Working with gridIMP has shown us just how easily this sophisticated technology can be integrated into our existing BMS. The initial results have been promising, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the system responds as it continues to learn about our energy usage patterns.”


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