Leeds City Council is making plans to connect 26 tower blocks in Leeds to cheaper and greener heating, and thousands of residents will be the beneficiaries. The Council has already appointed a contractor to deliver the £24 million upgrading project work by 2024.
A number of council owned blocks in Armley, Harehills, Gipton, Seacroft, Killingbeck, and Little London will witness the upgrades to existing heating and hot water systems. The ‘Clustering for Warmth’ initiative will help improve the efficiency of council housing.
The scheme will protect vulnerable residents from cold-related illnesses, tackle fuel poverty and support skilled local jobs. The scheme will also create twelve jobs, four apprenticeships and ten work experience placements for Leeds residents within the construction and energy sectors.
Carbon emissions will be a reduced number with the use of ground source heat pumps upgrades in Leeds. The reduction will be approximately 950 tonnes per year. Cenergist has been appointed to design, build and deliver six new low carbon district heating network ‘clusters’.
Leeds City Council in March pledged to invest £100m to improve the energy efficiency of its council homes by 2025. It also announced a £9m green refurbishment of a Holt Park housing estate.