CGI for Arbeta’s external works. Credit: via planning documents

Arbeta among round three decarbonisation wins

Manchester City Council has added £1m to the £4.9m secured through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme as it seeks to cut emissions at seven buildings, including the Central Park office building.

In all, North West organisations secured more than £40m from the third round of the PSDS programme, with the successful bidders revealed last week by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The Manchester allocation comes from a pan-Greater Manchester pot of £15.5m.

The breakdown of the region’s allocations is:

  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority received £15.5m to install low carbon heating in institutions, including Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, the University of Salford, the National Football Museum and Manchester University.
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust, awarded more than £7m to install heat pumps and upgrade insulation at Macclesfield District General Hospital.
  • Knowsley Council, awarded almost £3.5m to replace ageing gas boilers with heat pumps and solar panels and fit energy efficiency measures in Kirkby Leisure Centre and in Nutgrove Villa, its main council office.
  • Warrington Council received £600,000 for clean heating and energy efficiency upgrades in the historic Warrington Town Hall buildings.
  • Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education awarded £5.1m to install heat pumps and improve the energy efficiency of 12 primary schools with measures such as draught-proofing, cavity wall, loft and roof insulation, double-glazed windows and LED lighting.
  • Wyre Council received almost £1m to decarbonise Fleetwood Market.
  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust received £2.6m for decarbonisation projects at Rathbone Hospital and four health centres and clinics in the Trust’s Liverpool estate.
  • South Ribble Council has been awarded almost £5m to fit low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures at six sites: Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, South Ribble Tennis Centre, Penwortham Leisure Centre, Moss Side Depot, Leyland Civic Centre and Leyland Leisure Centre.

Manchester’s other buildings to benefit are Wythenshawe Active Lifestyle Centre, Claremont Resource Centre in Hulme, Harpurhey district social services offices, Hall Lane Resource Centre in Wythenshawe, The Place at Platt Lane in Fallowfield and the National Football Museum.

The scheme is being delivered for BEIS by Salix Finance. The previous two rounds saw awards of £19.1m made to Manchester, covering works at 13 buildings including the National Aquatics Centre, National Cycling Centre and Town Hall Extension.

Cllr Tracey Rawlins, executive member for environment for Manchester City Council, said: “Council buildings are our biggest source of direct emissions. Taking action to retrofit these buildings and significantly improve their energy efficiency is one of the ways were are facing up to the urgent challenge of climate change.”

South Ribble said its works will take place across the rest of this year and the first quarter of 2023. Work will include the replacement of existing gas boilers and the introduction of solar panels, LED lighting, air handling units, air-source heat pumps, and improved motors for swimming pools.

Solar panels were added to Leyland Civic Centre in a previous PSDS funding round. Credit: South Ribble Council


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