The Ravenscraig project as a whole has recently become the first project in Scotland (and only the second in the world) to be awarded a BREEAM Communities Excellent award. It is the first project in the world to be awarded Excellent under the 2011 version of the scheme.

The site for the Ravenscraig Masterplan was home to a former steelworks.  At 450 hectares, it is one of the largest brownfield sites in Europe. DSSR are appointed M&E Engineers to create Area Planning Briefs for Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1 progressed to implementation stage, Phase 2 is currently with Planners. DSSR masterplan services included development of services utilities strategies for water, gas, electrical and telecoms, together with specifically sustainability, energy and renewables strategies. As the site will be developed over a number of years, it was considered essential to have a Services Masterplan Strategy that was flexible enough to evolve with the site, not only providing innovative potential during early phases, but also the potential to implement further innovative solutions in the future, as these develop. 

DSSR have established utility and energy strategies to support 3,800 residential units, 116,000 m2 of industrial, 113,000 m2 of commercial, 1,000,000 m2 of retail and various community / health centre facilities, etc. Major utility diversions (i.e. 33kV and HP gas lines) were carried out during early phases. New utility strategies created and introduced in a phased manner to the site in line with the masterplan evolution (i.e. much of major utility reinforcement spend deferred until such time as demand on site becomes available). DSSR managed the new utility services for the site, introducing competitive procurement, with asset value / revenue stream options obtained.

DSSR approached the challenge by carrying out thermodynamic modelling in outline for every building use and type on the site. This allowed us to build a profile of heating, cooling and electrical loads, and also critically to assess where these occur in time relative to each other. 

This detailed understanding of the site behaviour allowed us to develop a solution based on energy “swapping” between buildings and areas; buildings requiring heating at any point in time receive this from buildings rejecting heat, before looking to primary plant to provide this heat source. The same thing happens in reverse for buildings requiring cooling.  It is conservatively estimated that this strategy will cut the total heating and cooling energy requirements for the site by at least 10%; with some thermal storage, it is anticipated that up to 30% savings could be made. The additional heating and cooling will be provided by distributed small scale energy centres, providing resilience.   The proposed sustainable and renewable solutions have been submitted for additional “innovation” credits.



North Lanarkshire


Wilson Bowden Developments


Aukett Europe

Contract Value



2012 (Phase 1)