300 homes in Newton Heath and Blackley will receive a range of sustainability improvements to save 750 tonnes of carbon a year – while slashing running costs for residents.
The improvement works will deliver a new heat pump system, including new radiators (replacing the current gas heating system), triple-glazed windows, new floor insulation in basements, wall insultation in unheated, communal areas, and the installation of renewable, low energy lighting where needed.
The works will also repair and clean any external wall insulation and fire breaks, if necessary. All balcony floors will be resurfaced, and balustrade systems replaced, while communal areas will be re-painted.
In Higher Blackley, £2.5m will be spent to deliver low-carbon improvements in 28 properties in three maisonette blocks on Riverdale Road and Inchcape Drive to reduced carbon emmissions by up to 92% – or 64 tonnes per year.
Again, a new heat pump system will be installed, along with external wall insulation, triple-glazed windows and new roofs. The feasibility of installing solar PV panels and battery storage is being explored.
Wider improvement works will also deliver improvements to communal areas, new bathrooms or kitchen where required, and rewiring.
The final designs for both projects are being planned and work is expected to start in the new year.