Chester tower blocks upgrade to improve energy efficiency


Jim Green

PEOPLE living in three high-rise tower blocks in Chester can expect reduced heating bills as energy efficiency improvement works begin.

Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT) has started extensive renewal and improvement works on the Newtown Saints’ blocks – St Anne’s, St Oswald’s and St George’s.

The project is designed to make the 180 homes more energy efficient and reduce fuel poverty.

Improvement works include re-roofing, external wall insulation, concrete repairs, refurbishment of balconies and electric heating renewal.

Sanctuary Group took over CDHT and Shaun Carr, director of assets for Sanctuary Group, said: “Sanctuary is pleased to support investment in sustainable initiatives such as this which have created employment opportunities for local residents. The work is the second phase of high rise improvement to increase the thermal performance of CDHT’s high rise stock and to help residents to reduce their heating costs through improved insulation.

“The external wall insulation has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and British Gas, both of whom have commitments to reduce CO2 emissions from properties.”

The works are being carried out by contractors Keepmoat with support from CDHT’s pathways team, which provides employment and training opportunities for trust residents.

David Wrigley, head of opportunities and work programme for CDHT, said: “CDHT is committed to using our supply chain and development programme to maximise employment and training opportunities for our residents.”

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