Sustainable Building Services has received confirmation that it has been made principal contractor for a new energy efficiency demonstration project in Nottingham.
The Remo Urban Project is a European-funded urban regeneration model, supported by Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Homes (NCH), Nottingham City Council's enviroenergy team and other partners. It aims to provide a blueprint for industry best practice that other social housing providers can subsequently replicate.
The £800,000 demonstration project will focus on the refurbishment of seven 3-storey No-Fines concrete blocks in Newark Crescent. These provide accommodation for a mix of social housing residents and private leaseholders. Beginning in March 2017, the scheme will be part-funded by both the European Union and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
The work will involve the installation of a variety of energy efficiency measures including, amongst others:
- External wall insulation
- New glazing and doors
- Replacement boilers
- New LED lighting
The project was procured through the Efficiency East Midlands framework and was awarded to SBS on the strength of its success on a major £8m refurbishment programme recently carried out on behalf of NCH. The 15-month, 3-phase scheme involved work on more than 1,100 social and private properties, and yielded zero defects and exceptionally high customer satisfaction KPIs. The scheme was completed ahead of schedule at the end of 2016.
The new scheme is part of a broader demonstration project that aims to showcase carbon saving measures across 4 sites in Sneinton. Ultimately, it seeks to create a low carbon emission area within the city. Many of the properties will have monitors installed to gauge the effects of the various energy saving measures. The results will be closely examined by the university and reported to NCH.
A key partner on the ReMo Urban Project will be EWI system designer, PermaRock Products, which worked closely with SBS and NCH on the previous, highly successful project in Nottingham. Nationwide Doors and Windows is another supply chain partner with a proven track record in the region.
In mid-March, shortly after planning consent was formally announced, SBS and PermaRock set up a small dedicated depot and office in Nottingham, together with on-site facilities that will support the delivery of the project.
The scheme is scheduled to last 26 weeks.