Southampton: £27m Fund For Energy Efficient Homes

17 September 2015, 11:14 | Updated: 17 September 2015, 17:15

More than 1,500 homes are to undergo a £27m revamp in Southampton to make them more energy efficient.

Southampton City Council and British Gas are running the scheme as part of the Energy Companies Obligation.

The city council says houses will see improvements including new windows, tenant controlled heating, external wall insulation, new roofs and coloured rendering.

Work will begin in Thornhill next month on three tower blocks and over 40 walk-up blocks.

Three other housing estates in Shirley, St Mary's and Maybush will also benefit.

It's after the Community Energy Savings Project at International Way, Weston, provided energy-saving improvements to residents of more than 500 homes.

Cllr Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, said: "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."

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.”

The council says residents in the areas affected by the planned improvements will be receiving more detailed information soon about what and when is happening.