Decision details

Heat Network Integrated Studies

Decision Maker: Director: Management of Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


BCC are actively installing heat networks across the city in order to support the Mayor’s commitment for Bristol to be a carbon neutral city by 2030 and to reduce fuel poverty. There are a number of existing networks and many areas identified in the heat priority area, which require work. A direct award was taken in to order to provide value for money and due to tight timescales owing to the progression of further heat networks in the city and the need to ensure pipe sizing currently in design was appropriate for wider networks. As such direct award was awarded to the supplier who had carried out the previous work


Approval for the award of a contract to Sustainable Energy Limited in order to carry out assessment study of existing heat networks, and how they could integrate into a single city-wide heat network. The second part of the award is for a number of feasibility studies for other heat network areas of the city including Easton, Spike Island and Temple

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Alternatives would have been procuring work through the form of a competition which could have resulted in significant delays to the project, or loss of value for money through having to redo work done by the previous consultant. Another option would have been to not carry out heat networks feasibility and both of these were rejected given that heat networks are key to meeting the mayoral zero carbon objectives by 2030.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 07/10/2019

Date of decision: 16/07/2019