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Work starts on £11M project to cut tenants’ fuel bills and upgrade homes in Glasgow

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Three communities in Glasgow will benefit from a massive £11million investment to make homes more energy efficient.

Around 700 flats will be transformed and made warmer thanks to the latest multi-million-pound project by Cube Housing Association and Scottish Gas. Hundreds of tenants in the city’s Broomhill and Gorget areas will benefit from a new state-of-the-art district heating system and solid wall insulation.

Tenants in Maryhill will also see new energy-efficient heating installed in their homes.

Work, which began this week, is expected to take around 12months.

Cube, which is part of Wheatley Group, and Scottish Gas recently completed a £20million programme on 1,900 homes in the Wyndford Estate in Maryhill, Glasgow.

Cube tenant Isabel MacPherson lives on the 15th floor of a multi-storey block in Broomhill. She said: “I’m looking forward to the investment work. It will improve the area for everyone. “I’ve lived here for 46 years and I love it. I was one of the first tenants to move in after the blocks were built. It’s such a lovely place with the trees and the views. There’s a really good community in our block.”

Scottish Gas is undertaking the latest work as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), which focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable customers and those living in hard to heat homes.

David Young, Managing Director from Scottish Gas Energy Efficiency, said “We’re really pleased to be undertaking the latest phase of this project in partnership with Cube Housing Association in Glasgow that will transform the lives of hundreds of people in the city.

“This will make homes warmer and more energy efficient for families to live in, and will help to lower their energy bills too.”

The project will see solid wall insulation fitted to the outside of over 600 multi-storey and low rise homes in Broomhill and Gorget. The insulation will reduce the amount of heat escaping through walls and help homes heat up quicker and stay warmer over a longer period. In addition, 112 homes in Collina Street, Maryhill, will get new heating in their homes.

Cube Director David Mackenzie added: “It’s an exciting time for tenants. Our investment will provide residents with warm, affordable energy-efficient homes. It will also mean tenants enjoy cheaper bills - and help us tackle fuel poverty.”

Notes to editors

The overall cost of the work in the three communities is £10.7million.

Wheatley is Scotland’s leading housing, care and regeneration group. It comprises four Registered Social Landlords, a care organisation and two commercial subsidiaries. 

The Group spans 12 local authority areas across Central Scotland, providing homes and award-winning services to over 100,000 tenants and factored homeowners, and has a commercial property portfolio of almost 300 shops and offices. 

The Wheatley family: GHA, Scotland’s largest social landlord, with 41,500 affordable homes in Glasgow; Cube Housing Association, with 3300 social homes across the West of Scotland; Loretto Housing, with 1000 affordable homes in the central belt; West Lothian Housing Partnership, with almost 400 affordable homes; Loretto Care, supporting over 1000 care clients and service users; YourPlace Property Management, Scotland’s “Feel Good Factor”, with over 25,000 customers; and Lowther Homes, which has a growing portfolio of almost 500 mid and full-market apartments from Glasgow’s West End to Leith. 

For more information contact: 
Scottish Gas PR Manager Simon Feldman
Tel: British Gas press office 0800 107 7015 
Mobile: 07769 542 612 
Email:simon.feldman@britishgas.co.uk 

Wheatley Group Communications Officer Stuart Darroch 
Tel: 0141 274 5708 
Mobile: 07799 071 734 
Email: stuart.darroch@wheatley-group.com

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain –nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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