AgilityEco, leading experts in energy efficiency and carbon reduction, has won another Large Scale Project (>£250k) of the Year award, at the East of England Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards 2016 alongside Peterborough City Council, SERS and Eon. This is AgilityEco’s second accolade at the Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards, with a win in the same category for the London Borough of Enfield’s Exeter Road project at the Greater London awards.
The awards, presented at a ceremony at the Stansted Airport Hilton Hotel on Wednesday 13th April, recognised the achievements of all parties involved in tackling fuel poverty in Peterborough. Peterborough City Council’s Heataborough scheme began in 2014. With £4 million of Green Deal Communities funding awarded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Peterborough City Council decided to improve the quality of housing in areas of high fuel-poverty. Targeting up to 2000 poorly constructed, “hard to treat” homes in the Gladstone, Millfield, New England and Eastfield areas of the city, the scheme’s goal was to improve the energy efficiency of these properties and drive down the cost of keeping warm.
AgilityEco helped Peterborough City Council to secure the initial £4m from DECC’s Green Deal Community Fund because of its deep understanding of the Green Deal and ECO marketplace. AgilityEco also drew on its considerable expertise in preparing numerous successful bids for the Central Heating Fund, Energy Entrepreneur Fund and NEA Innovation Fund, as well as its knowledge of the regulatory and political drivers influencing the selection process.
AgilityEco’s role in the project stretched beyond securing the finance. It conducted a rapid assessment of the property stock and housing situation/issues in the city and the programmes already in place, liaising with the housing, environmental, legal and strategic teams in the council as well as their existing strategic ECO partner. AgilityEco devised a financial proposition to attract both private landlord and tenant as well as owner occupiers using Green Deal Finance, ECO contributions and the money from the capital fund, together with the marketing strategy and support programme. AgilityEco also provided the roll-out and management of the Heataborough programme for the ensuing 15 months, working closely with both SERS and Eon.
Gearoid Lane, CEO of AgilityEco said: “We’re gratified that our consultancy and management of the Heataborough project has been recognised by the judging panel. We’re absolutely delighted to have supported Peterborough over the past few years on an innovative project that I believe set the benchmark for Green Deal Communities activity. The Heataborough project has already made a huge difference to residents by improving the energy efficiency of their properties and reducing their fuel bills.”