A major £32.5million contract to improve the quality of homes in North Lanarkshire has been secured by Procast.
The four-year programme will involve roofing, rendering and insulation upgrades to primarily low-rise houses such as terraced, semi-detached or four-in-a-block flatted property types not exceeding two storeys in height.
The project is Lot No.1 of three in a massive £60million schedule of housing improvements in the local authority area, which sits to the north-east of Glasgow and contains many of its suburbs and commuter towns and villages.
Apart from the terraced, semi-detached or four-in-a-block homes, there may be instances where works are required to blocks up to a maximum of five storeys high and to non-traditional housing stock.
Half of the homes involved are council-owned, while the other half are either owner-occupied or private sector rented, so Procast will be responsible for securing the participation of the owners and subsequent agreements to the works.
Lot 1 is subject to government Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland funding (HEEPS) for some occupants. Others may qualify for a financial subsidy via the Energy Company Obligation scheme to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
Carol Cameron, Group Development Director of Procast, said: “This opportunity strengthens our home properties energy efficiency portfolio and continues to demonstrate our commitment to help residents live in safe, warm, dry and comfortable homes.
“Put simply – we believe that every home counts. We are proud that not only does our service delivery model helps enhance residents’ lives by delivering this, but it also helps:
• Combat fuel poverty through lower energy usage
• Reduce carbon emissions
• Source most advantageous ECO rates
• Support the local economy and local economic development
“We are delighted to have secured this project, as this will give continuity of work to our staff, many of whom are from North Lanarkshire.
“This project will also allow us to take on more apprentices and to provide sustainable work for our in-house operatives and our local supply chain.
“This project will be one of the first that North Lanarkshire will deliver under the new PAS2035 standard, which essentially provides a specification for the energy retrofit of domestic buildings and outlines best practice guidance for these projects, and we feel privileged to be trusted to deliver this.”
The Measured Term Contract for Re-Roofing, Re-Rendering and Insulation Works: Lot 1 North Lanarkshire Council gets under way next month (April, 2021).