SWM members launch UK’s largest and world’s second largest energy retrofit housing programme

On 10 October, Birmingham City Council announced Carillion as the preferred provider to deliver the large scale delivery of Birmingham Energy Savers. This project is potentially worth up to £1.5 billion over eight years as it aims to increase the energy and carbon efficiency of up to 60,000 households, together with schools and other non-domestic Council properties. The project boasts a variety of benefits, creating local jobs and saving both energy and carbon costs for the city.

The launch took place at SWM’s offices based at Groundwork UK, where SWM members Birmingham City Council and Carillion announced the deal. This was witnessed by Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister, who also announced further funding for the scheme as the first ‘Green Deal’ pilot.

Dr Simon Slater, paid credit to all the SWM members involved, saying “It has taken several years of development to get here and SWM would particularly like to thank all its members for their involvement. In particular thanks to Birmingham Environment Partnership, Environment Agency, Localise West Midlands, and SWM associates from Encraft and URSUS for the initial business case and development of the pilot phase. Julia King for putting senior decision makers in Birmingham in touch with potential investors. For Groundwork WM and Jericho for helping develop the employment and community engagement strand, and finally thanks to Birmingham City Council for keeping it eyes on the prize during a bumpy development period to get to this successful launch.”

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