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Working on a factory in Yorkshire to deliver a self-sufficient development

Project summary

  • To secure the expansion of an existing Kingspan Factory, incorporating a Combined Heat and Power unit to deliver a self-sufficient development and to off-set wider energy use across the UK company network.


  • Kingspan Insultation Ltd appointed Fisher German to project manage a planning application to extend their largest factory in Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire. The scheme proposed an 8,000 sq. m extension and a gasification fired Combined Heat and Power unit, fed by refuse derived fuel and generating 14MW of electricity and 1.5MW of heat
  • The application was accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment, which overcame concerns that heat emissions would impact on the light aircraft from the adjacent airfield. Discussions were held with the Parish Council, local Businesses and Councillors to explain the complex energy neutral development
  • Kay Davies steered the application to overcome highways and environmental health objections. In July 2017, permission was granted with the unanimous support of the Parish Council, Local Councillors and Planning Officers


  • The Planning Committee commended the quality of the application with the innovative and forward-thinking nature raising standards for the area and creating jobs. The CHP plant will not only power the factory, but will also off-set the entire Kingspan UK energy consumption. Heat from the CHP would be used in the factory, with surplus piped to heat the surrounding industrial estate