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British Gas to create warmer, energy efficient homes in Southampton in £27 million scheme

  • Around 1,500 homes across Southampton will be improved through energy-saving measures
  • New windows, heating controls and external wall insulation mean warmer homes for tenants
  • It will be the biggest energy efficiency improvement scheme in Britain  

Homes across Southampton are set to become warmer and more energy efficient, under a £27 million partnership between Southampton City Council and British Gas.

From next month, work will begin to transform around 1,500 homes across the city. It will be the biggest energy efficiency improvement project of its kind to be undertaken in Britain, carried out under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).

Tenants living in five tower blocks and nine smaller estate blocks will benefit from a range of energy-saving improvements which include new windows, new heating controls and new roofs.

British Gas will fit external wall insulation to the outside of some of the buildings to reduce the amount of heat escaping through walls, keeping people’s homes warmer for longer. It will give some of the properties a modern appearance.

David Young, Managing Director of British Gas Energy Efficiency, said: “We’re proud to deliver Britain’s biggest energy efficiency improvement scheme in partnership with Southampton Council to create thousands of warmer, more energy efficient homes.”

Cllr Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, commented: "This energy efficiency project will provide affordable warmth to tenants, improve the appearance of properties and boost the local economy with job opportunities created by this exciting scheme.

"This will be a massive project, some three times larger than the recent works in Weston. We look forward to working with British Gas, our tenants and the wider communities in the months ahead to make energy-saving improvements to these estates."  

Notes to editors

  • Work will be carried out on housing estates in Thornhill, Shirley, St Mary’s and Maybush
  • This scheme continues the recent successful collaboration on the Community Energy Savings Project (CESP) at International Way, Weston, which also provided energy-saving improvements to residents of more than 500 homes.
  • The Energy Companies Obligation is a government scheme which places legal obligations on larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes.

For more information, please contact:

Simon Feldman

PR Manager

Tel: 07769 542 612  

British Gas press office: 0800 107 7015


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