A million pound project is under way to tackle climate change on the Grange Park estate.
The £1.1 million project, with a £660,000 contribution from the European Regional Development Fund, seeks to adopt a whole place based approach to increasing community resilience to climate change and carbon reduction.
Due to the hard work by resident volunteers, and with support from Groundwork, pilot projects to ‘clean and green’ their estate have proven successful and consequently residents’ pride in the area has increased significantly.
This funding aims to build on the positive work already achieved in the community.
The project is made up of five key elements:
- Housing retrofit– Refurbishment of 75 units on Garstang Road to retrofit measures to improve their energy efficiency. This work is already underway with completion date for the building works expected in spring 2022.
- Community engagement– Eco-coaches will work with 410 residents in a 1:1 capacity within their homes helping them to understand energy efficiency and how behaviour can increase and decrease energy consumption. In addition to targeting behaviour change Eco-coaches will provide 2460 small scale energy saving measures to homes that can increase the efficiency of energy use.
- Public building improvement works- Installation of a ground source heat pump and roof mounted solar photovoltaics (PV) @theGrange. The project will provide low carbon sustainable heat, removing the buildings requirement for gas heating.
- Green infrastructure – A programme of native tree planting will be delivered across the open spaces in partnership with local residents. There will also be improvements to cycle links, which forms part of the new housing development regeneration work, to encourage active travel within the estate. Improvements of routes will make walking and cycling a more attractive prospect.
- New Housing – A number of new homes on Grange Park will be fitted with air source heat pumps as well as additional thermal insulation.