Mansfield homes benefit from £635,000 energy-saving scheme

HOMES in Mansfield are set to benefit from a new £635,000 energy efficiency scheme to install ground and air source heating systems to 55 properties along with the installation of flat roof insulation to properties where necessary.

Mansfield District Council has awarded British Gas, in partnership with Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) and Danfoss, a contract to carry out the work to homes in New England Way, Pleasley.

FHM will be installing 20 individual ground source systems and 34 individual air source systems to the homes, while the local community centre will also benefit from a separate ground source system.

The homes are currently heated by the New England Way coal-fired district heating scheme. The new project is expected to save around 17,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next 25 years.

Each home will have its own heating system, which each resident can set to his or her preferred heat level. Under normal circumstances the heat pumps will cost no more to run than the current system, and could be a good deal cheaper

The £635,000 project has benefited from £300,000 of funding from British Gas, who are working under the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), which will see 90,000 homes across England, Wales and Scotland receive whole house energy makeovers to save hard-pressed families money on their fuel bills.

Rob Grisely Mechanical & Electrical Manager of Frank Haslam Milan said “We are very pleased at the way Mansfield District Council are being innovative in embracing low carbon technology and look forward to carrying out the work which will undoubtedly improve the tenants’ comfort.”

Councillor Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council heralded the scheme as a major boost for the local community:

“I think it is fantastic that the people of Mansfield will benefit from this scheme. Not only does this show the commitment of the Council and British Gas to investing in projects that will reduce energy consumption and CO2 levels, it is also expected to save so many of our residents money on their annual energy bills.

Councillor Mick Colley, Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Housing Needs added: “The potential for this scheme is huge. If this trial is a success, it could be expanded to cover more of the properties currently served by the 15 district heating schemes in the area, most of which are over 25 years old. I’m looking forward to seeing the properties after the work has been completed and hope that such positive regeneration can be continued in the coming years.”

Betsy Bassis, Managing Director of British Gas Community Energy, said:

“We’re very pleased to be working with Mansfield District Council to make energy saving improvements to these 54 homes in Mansfield. It is a great example of the community and the council working together with British Gas to make peoples’ homes warmer and more energy efficient.”

An initial consultation session for residents at New England Way was held in early May and individual property surveys have been carried out to ensure that the right solution is put in place for each resident and each property.

It is expected that work will begin on site this month with the flat roof insulation to the main complex building and the external drilling beginning first. All works should be completed by the end of September but it will not be until the final property has been transferred over to the new system that the district heating system will be switched off and decommissioned.