Southampton households set to warm up with new energy efficiency partnership

British Gas and Southampton City Council have joined forces to transform 1,500 homes across the city.

The £27 million partnership will be the biggest energy efficiency improvement project of its kind to be undertaken in Britain, carried out under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).

Tenants living in five tower blocks and nine smaller estate blocks will benefit from a range of energy-saving improvements which include new windows, new heating controls and new roofs.

British Gas will fit external wall insulation to the outside of some of the buildings to reduce the amount of heat escaping through walls, keeping people’s homes warmer for longer. 

"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,” said Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, Cllr Warwick Payne.

"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, added: “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.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues