22nd July, 2013

By Martin Walker
Project Director, Warm Up North
Newcastle City Council

Warm Up North will imminently be announcing our delivery partner to deliver our £200m contract for Green Deal and ECO measures for eight local authorities across the region. 
This will make the north east of England the first region in the country to enter into a public-private partnership with a delivery partner on this basis.

Donít miss your chance to meet them and find out more about the kind of business opportunities that are available at the North East Retrofit Roadshow taking place on 5 September in Newcastle. 

This exciting development for the whole of the region aims to improve the energy efficiency of tens of thousands of homes and publicly owned properties across the region.  Funded via the Green Deal and ECO, a whole range of energy efficiency improvements will be on offer including loft, solid wall and cavity wall insulation; new boilers, windows and doors; and energy saving advice. 
Work will commence within the next few weeks and will run for a period of up to 8 years during which time domestic properties will be targeted as a priority Ė though publicly owned non-domestic properties are also within scope of the project. 
Using this approach, the eight Warm Up North partner authorities (Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, South Tyneside and Sunderland) will be able to adopt an approach that reviews and addresses the energy efficiency needs of the whole property, including many properties which have been hard to treat under previous schemes. 

In this way, the north-east of England will be at the forefront of efforts to tackle fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions from its domestic stock, and create jobs in the supply chain.
With our delivery partner Iíll be running a domestic workshop in the afternoon of the Roadshow that will explain the detail of the Warm Up North programme and explore the opportunities available for local businesses. If you want a piece of the action this will certainly be an event not to miss!

For further information visit www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk

About Martin
Martinís career in local government has involved a number of roles, with a strong focus on housing regeneration, including previous positions as Head of Regeneration with Chester-le-Street District Council (when it was the most improved Council in the country), and Area Director with Newcastle City Council, responsible for the direction of £510m worth of housing regeneration projects in the west of Newcastle with a strong energy efficiency component. Since April 2012, Martin has been Project Director of Warm Up North. 

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