Clifton Country Park Air Source Heat Pumps, Salford City Council, P Salford City Council
Air source heat pumps have been installed at Clifton Country Park, part of Salford City Council's decarbonisation scheme. Credit: via Salford City Council

Salford’s £5m decarbonisation works to complete in spring

Julia Hatmaker

The effort will save an anticipated 295 tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to the council.

In order to reduce its carbon footprint, the council is retrofitting 12 of its public buildings to make them more energy-efficient, including installing air source heat pumps. Work has completed on two of the 12 buildings so far: Cleavley Athletics Track and Clifton Country Park.

The other 10 buildings are:

  • Broughton Hub in Broughton
  • Blackleach Country Park in Walkden
  • Civic Centre in Swinton
  • Guildhall Community Centre in Walkden
  • Northfield Children’s Home in Broughton
  • Patricroft Pavilion in Patricroft
  • Rainbow Rooms Community Centre in Eccles
  • Salford Sports Village in Kersal
  • Whittle Street Children’s Home in Walkden
  • Winton Pavilion in Winton

Salford Council has also installed solar panels on 11 sites and is in the midst of installing panels at another 10.

“To tackle the climate emergency, we need to take action now and do whatever we can to limit emissions,” said Cllr Mike McCusker, the council’s lead member for planning and sustainable development.

“By decarbonising our public estate, we hope to lead the way in taking the steps that others can take to get to carbon neutrality in Salford by 2038,” he continued.

“The decarbonisation scheme is a vital programme that is not only creating and protecting jobs in Salford but is fostering and developing the skillset that will help us create a greener Salford.”

Oxfordshire-based property and environmental consultancy RPS Group has partnered with the council on the decarbonisation project.

“The installation of ASHP systems will provide buildings with efficient heating systems that generate both efficiencies and contribute towards much-needed carbon savings,” said RPS Group chief executive Graham Rothwell.

“We are really pleased to see Salford City Council driving innovation by installing renewable heating alternatives across their buildings.”

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