City Legacy, Glasgow Commonwealth Games Athletes Village

Involvement with the high profile Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village development provided us with the perfect platform to showcase our competence in delivering sensitive projects, present innovative product solutions and provide integrated solar PV services.

Forster were selected by Mactaggart and Mickel, one of the “City Legacy“ consortium of development partners, to deliver a ‘one stop’ integrated solar PV roofing and roof window installation service to almost a third of the 703 homes at the development in Glasgow.

Forster designed, installed and commissioned 1, 1.25, 1.5 and 2.25kWp in-roof and ballasted flat roof PV systems to 225 homes.  Black trim 250Wp panels and an in-roof mounting system (for the pitched roofs) were selected by City Legacy to create a sleek design and finish for this prestigious development.

As the homes were designed with room-in-roof, City Legacy sought a solution as to where to position the string inverters.  Forster found the solution, introducing our client “Mactaggart and Mickel” to micro-inverters which can be installed on the roof under the PV panels (instead of in the home).  The micro-inverters’ control over individual modules allow them to isolate and tune the output of an individual panel, meaning a single failing module or inverter will not take the entire string offline.

Given the stringent build programme and high quality standards set, Forster’s track record of successfully delivering high calibre contracts combined with their ability to provide the solar PV works in conjunction with their roof tile and roof window installation services, ensured the contract ran smoothly.

“The decision to award Forster Energy the PV package was made when cognisance was also given to the added value provided when considering the roof finishes, roof lights packages and the company’s strong reputation for customer service and health & safety awareness. This approach has delivered benefits on site through the complete co-ordination of the interfaces of these elements.”

Neill MacLean, Head of Procurement, Mactaggart & Mickel

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