Forrest wins Manchester insulation place

9th July, 2013

Forrest has been appointed by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) to provide energy efficiency improvement works to homes across the region.

Forrest is one of three contractors on the framework and will be responsible for delivering a range of measures to properties in Bolton, Salford and Stockport, including loft, cavity wall and external wall insulation. Carillion and Dyson will share the other boroughs between them. The contract is part of AGMA’s ‘Get Me Toasty’ campaign, which aims to provide energy-saving home improvement measures to people living in low income households.

The energy improvement works will be funded via the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. This programme is a requirement placed on utility companies to provide £1.3 billion  worth of energy saving installs per annum in order to reduce fuel poverty, and AGMA intends to leverage this to increase carbon savings across the county.

Lee McCarren, chief executive officer, Forrest, said: “Local authorities (LA), home owners, private landlords and social housing providers are presented with a huge opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through ECO, which Forrest is well-equipped to meet. “We have a proven track record in advising on the various options available, unlocking ECO funding and then delivering the work through to completion. “Our partnership with AGMA and the respective LAs, Salford, Bolton and Stockport, on the Get Me Toasty initiative will provide significant improvements to residents, helping them to reduce their fuel bills and improve living standards.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chairman of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, said: “With energy prices set to rise yet again, the cost of keeping warm is a serious concern for a lot of Greater Manchester residents. “Now is the time for people who cannot afford to make their homes more efficient to get in touch with the advice service, and I’d urge anyone to visit the website – www.getmetoasty.com – and see if they’re eligible for this free service.”

If you would like to find out more regarding this regions retrofit activity, visit the Retrofit Roadshow on the 3rd September in Liverpool. For more information, visit http://www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk/


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