2,000 homes in Hull to get energy retrofit
Construction firm Willmott Dixon has signed a deal in to help improve energy efficiency in Hull.
More than 2,000 homes in the city should see energy bills drop and living conditions go up, now that the firm has been appointed new energy partner.
Work will include the installation of solid wall insulation on homes beginning in March, and a package of energy saving measures will be provided across the city to help make homes warmer and more energy efficient.
As one of only a few councils to have an energy efficiency partner, Hull City Council will be working with Willmott Dixon for a period of five years to deliver a programme of improvements on housing across the region.
Willmott Dixon also works with Oxford City Council, Bristol, West Yorkshire Combined Authorities and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.
Nearly 2,000 homes will see work carried out by the end of March, and part of the project's funding comes from the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) - Npower and Hull Warmzone are also adding their expertise to the partnership.
Commenting on the project, Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for council infrastructure with responsibility for housing, said that the work will help Hull improve its standing.
"While specific reductions to housing revenue has had serious implications on schemes like this, we are continuing with this important investment and these energy improvements recognise our commitment in Hull's ten-year City Plan to become a leading UK Energy City.
Robert Lambe, managaing director of Willmott Dixon Energy services believes that the work carried out will make a big difference to the people of Hull - and that a lot of work has gone into making ensuring success.
"Over the next five years we will deliver improvements which will help improve the health and well-being of thousands of people," he said.
He added: "A considerable amount of time has been spent planning these works and we are now looking forward to putting these plans into action."