- Cadent backed project wins National Boiler and Heating Project of the Year award at National Energy Efficiency Awards
- £1.6M Project switched nearly 500 homes from LPG to natural gas enabling residents to make big savings on their gas bills
- Cadent working with AWS (Affordable Warmth Solutions) to lift households out of fuel poverty across its network
A Cadent backed project to connect hundreds of park homes at Bracknell’s Warfield Park to affordable warmth has received a prestigious national award.
The project funded by Cadent and AWS (Affordable Warmth Solutions) was named National Boiler and Heating Project of the Year, after it switched almost 500 park homes from LPG to natural gas, in one of the largest gas conversion projects of its type in the country.
The £1.6M eight month project involved laying 7.6km of gas mains and 10km of service pipes. Cadent funded the connection work with the project being managed by AWS and delivered through its contractors T & K Gallagher. Residents also received boiler upgrades funded by Happy Energy, AWS and Warfield Park’s owners, as well as new hobs, ovens and appliances.
Residents at the Park – 80 per cent of whom are aged over 60 – were consulted extensively on whether they wanted to switch to natural gas, prior to a decision being made on whether to go ahead with the project. The residents were also provided with comprehensive energy efficiency and tariff advice by National Energy Action to help them choose the best tariff arrangements to meet their individual circumstances.
The project was delivered free of charge to residents and it is also enabling them to make big savings on their energy bills with residents saving an average of 48%, on their gas bills compared to using LPG the previous year.
Phil Burrows, Cadent Customer Service Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have played a part in this award-winning project.
“As autumn sets in and winter approaches it’s great to see how our work with AWS, their contractors and Warfield Park owners has made such a positive difference to the lives of residents by providing them with an economical and efficient way to heat their homes.”
Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director, Affordable Warmth Solutions said: “This was a complex scheme that delivered ahead of schedule. I am grateful for the support of the park owner, Barry Sumner and his team together with the residents for their cooperation during construction of the new mains and services. Special mention should go to our contract partners T & K Gallagher who with our support delivered the works on time, on budget and with safety paramount at all times.”
Barry Sumner, Managing Director at Warfield Park, said: “This award reflects the huge amount of effort the partners have put in to make this project happen, and the work of Warfield Park staff who have coordinated the project and liaised with residents throughout.”
Cadent set up its partnership with AWS under its previous trading name of National Grid Gas prior to Cadent being formed in 2017. Since its inception the partnership has helped lift many thousands of households out of fuel poverty.
AWS also established the Warm Homes Fund in partnership with National Grid. This scheme allows Local Authorities and Housing Associations to apply for funding to help address the challenges of fuel poverty.
For more information on AWS and the Warm Homes Fund visit: www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk
or call 0121 592 0181.
To watch a short film about a Cadent and AWS initiative in Dagenham last year go to https://vimeo.com/285272536/b636cf1159