Over the borderline with first large-scale contract in England

31st August 2022

PROCAST have secured their first large-scale project south of the Border, with a £5million-plus contract to upgrade 90 homes in Cumbria.

The programme includes, external wall insulation, new doors and windows, , mechanical work, ventilation, internal insulation, and the installation of air source heat pumps, photovoltaic cells and battery storage units.

The £5.35million project forms part of the whole house retrofit programme for Home Group, taking into account their fabric-first approach.

As well as upgrading the fabric of the properties – which are situated on the Solway Plain in Abbeytown – the old solid fuel heating systems are being replaced with modern energy efficient heat pumps, combined with photovoltaic and battery storage link-ups.

All the work is being carried out to officially recognised PAS2035 and MCS standards and will include the very latest EWI systems along with Vaillant aroTherm Plus ASHP units and the most up-to-date PV and battery storage systems.

PAS2035 covers energy efficiency measures, taking into account the requirement of the entire building – including EWI, loft insulation, underfloor insulation, energy efficient doors and windows, mechanical ventilation, ASHP, PV and battery storage systems – both from a technical standpoint and considering factors like occupancy comfort.

MCS certifies, quality assures and provides consumer protection for microgeneration installations and installers, including renewable electricity technologies such as solar PV, biomass, wind, heat pumps and heat products.

The project is similar to the Argyll Community Housing Association contract recently  commenced and it was secured through the Procurement For Housing Framework .

Procast Managing Director Derek Innes and the rest of the Procast Building Contractors team will be delivering the contract with the support of Procast Energy Services.

A Procast spokesman said: “We are extremely proud to be awarded our first large-scale retrofit project in England from Home Group and are looking forward to building a strong partnership and supporting them team in achieving their PAS2035 retrofit ambitions, along with supporting the local community tackle fuel poverty in one of the hardest-hit areas in the north of England.

“It rounds off a very successful month for the Procast Group, with over £12million worth of projects being secured during August.

“The Cumbria contract helps secure our commitment to establishing a strong delivery model south of the Border and demonstrates Procast’s rapid growth in the PAS2035 retrofit market.

“It’s yet another project that showcases the skillsets of the numerous departments within the Procast Group.”

Home Group is one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit providers of housing and care, with  113,000 customers across 55,000 properties in England and Scotland, including around 15,000 people with mental and physical health issues.

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