Equans has started a programme of key decarbonisation and regeneration works across 132 properties in Murdishaw, Runcorn. The work is being carried out after collaboration with Onward, who Equans supported with their application for Social Housing Decarbonisation Funding (SHDF Wave 1).
The scheme will take a ‘fabric-first’ approach to decarbonising the properties, including external wall and loft insulation, replacement windows and doors, mechanical ventilation and ongoing energy monitoring.
Residents will benefit from increased thermal comfort during what is a turbulent time with the cost of living.
A total of £5.9m of investment will be made in the area on regeneration works including roofing and externals in addition to the energy efficiency measures.
Equans’ Refurbishment team has been working with Onward in Murdishaw since last year, undertaking property and structural surveys, gathering retrofit data and carrying out energy assessments, ensuring the works will be completed to PAS2030/2035 specification.
Equans has also been shortlisted for ‘service provider of the year’ at the UK Housing Awards, for supporting clients across the North of England with decarbonisation of their housing stock.
This is part of an end-to-end service, where Equans acts as a consultancy firm for Housing Providers and Local Authorities aiming to hit their net zero targets.
Neil Warburton, Refurbishment Director at Equans, said: “We’re delighted to have started work on these crucial decarbonisation and regeneration works across over 132 properties.
Equans has worked collaboratively with Onward from the very beginning, supporting with their application for SHDF allocation and pre-construction activity so we were well prepared for these works to commence.
“We are using our latest retrofit expertise to help make the homes more sustainable. We’re all excited to see the finished improvements!”
James Hill, Property Strategy Director for Onward Homes, said: “Onward has been working with residents, local partners and Equans to regenerate Murdishaw and this programme of work to enhance the energy efficiency of 132 homes is another important milestone in helping create an improved environment for local people.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with our customers, elected members and partners throughout this process, and look forward to delivering this programme of works to provide warmer, more comfortable homes for those living in these properties.”