City South Manchester Housing Trust wins energy award
Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities
CITY South Manchester Housing Trust picked up a national award for the multi-million pound refurbishment of its tower blocks at the national Energy Awards.
The social housing landlord picked up the accolade in the category looking to honour the most Energy Efficient Retrofit Refurbishment of the Year.
The award is in recognition of City South’s £24 million project to improve 11 dilapidated 1960s concrete tower blocks in Hulme, which has transformed the city’s skyline as well as the lives of the 660 residents who live in them.
City South, in partnership with local residents, Manchester-based architects 2e (Edlemann and Ebling) and contractor Wates Living Space, embarked on the ambitious retrofit project to improve the blocks, both inside and out.
A watertight ‘second skin’ was added to the exterior of each tower. This comprised stylish aluminum-coated cladding and clay tiles to create a modern, appealing look and 125 mm insulation to boost heat retention. New argon-filled double glazed windows were installed, and photovoltaic panels added to each roof to power communal lighting, with excess power sold back to the National Grid.
Inside, properties have benefited from new kitchens, bathrooms and high performance heating systems. Ground floor foyers and other communal areas were given a facelift and car parking and security improved.
Thanks to the investment, heating bills have been reduced by up to 25% per apartment, and the life expectancy of the blocks has been increased by 30-40 years. Carbon emissions have reduced from an average of 3.4 tonnes per property, per year, to 2.8 tonnes.
At the recent award’s ceremony more than 500 of the Energy Industry’s elite gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London to see who walked away with a coveted Energy Award this year.
It has been another recording breaking year for entries and there were more impressive companies on the shortlist than ever before.
Dave Power, Chief Executive of City South Manchester Housing Trust, said: “It is a great privilege that the investment we have made in transforming our high rise tower blocks has been recognised by the industry elite in the energy sector.
“We are immensely proud of the project and the outcomes it has achieved – improving the lives of our customers, improving the fabric of the buildings and improving energy efficiency. Receiving this award is recognition of the hard work of everybody who has been involved.”
The Energy Awards recognise and reward both supply and demand-side excellence within the energy sector. The Awards acknowledge achievement in carbon reduction and energy efficiency, energy supply, brokering as well as products and services.
Tim McManan-Smith, editor of Water, Energy and Environment commented: “These awards showcase some of the great work that is being done in reducing consumption, implementing renewable projects and forming partnerships to buy more smartly and achieve cost and carbon reductions. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists.
“All of this year’s entrants, finalists and winners deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the energy industry. The esteemed judging panel had the very difficult task of narrowing down the entries to an exceptional shortlist and then to select the very worthy winners. The judges were extremely impressed with all the hard work and innovation displayed by the entrants this year.
“Congratulations once again to this year’s winners and finalists, who are demonstrating that they are leading the way in the Energy industry.”
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