Rochdale Leisure Centre
Ten leisure centres are included in Rochdale's retrofit plan. Image from Google

Engie wins £8.4m Rochdale decarbonisation work

Neil Tague

The energy and regeneration specialist is to retrofit 20 buildings across the borough as part of the Goverment’s drive to cut emissions across public sector estates.

In March, a conditional £78.3m was awarded to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority by Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, to administer the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme across the ten boroughs.

GMCA and its partners will be expected to undertake retrofit works to improve the carbon efficiency of public assets.

Rochdale Council submitted an application on 23 November 2020 for the decarbonisation of 10 corporate buildings, including leisure centres, and 10 schools, amounting to around £11m.

Manchester secured £19m of the £78m on offer to the ten boroughs, and is advancing decarbonisation schemes at 11 locations, including the Sharp Project, Space Project, and sports facilities including the Aquatics Centre, National Cycling Centre and Hough End.

Rochdale’s procurement process was carried out through STAR Procurement, the shared procurement services body used to advertise tenders by councils including Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, along with clinical commissioning groups.

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