Equans and Wates to make housing stock energy efficient


More than 1,000 homes across three regions will benefit from a decarbonisation project valued at £26 million.  

Energy services company Equans, and Wates construction have been appointed to deliver new energy efficiency works to residential stock managed by housing association Riverside. 

The scheme is backed by a £12.7 million Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) via the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), while Riverside will put up the other £13 million. 

Equans and Wates, along with architect, Constructive Thinking, will support design, delivery, compliance and customer aftercare in line with funding requirements. 

Initial surveys of homes in Cumbria, Liverpool and London will start soon, to determine which properties will be chosen and what measures delivered.  

“This is a hugely exciting project which will have a transformative effect on some of our most in-need properties,” said Ian Gregg, executive director of asset services, at Riverside. 

“It will deliver real, tangible benefits to more than 1,000 families and customers and represents a kick-start for our work towards reaching a net zero position. 

“At a time of rising fuel bills and the cost of living crisis, this couldn’t be better timed so we’re extremely grateful to the SHDF and DESNZ for their support and we’re looking forward to getting started.” 

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