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More high rise blocks set for £1.5m renewable energy investment

Two more high rise housing blocks in West Leeds are set to have their existing electric space heating and hot water systems replaced.

Queenswood Heights and Queenswood Court are set to have ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and a new wet heating radiator system installed in the flats.

A council report says the construction contract has been awarded to energy and water specialists Cenergist Limited to undertake the works for £1,531,545. The report adds:

“This is an opportunity for this project to build on two previous schemes currently being delivered in the West of Leeds.

“Currently heating and hot water provision is delivered through outdated electric storage heaters which are inefficient, offer little control to residents and can result in expensive energy bills.

“We want to improve resident satisfaction with their heating and insulation through this scheme. Notably residents at Queenswood Court (which is a Retirement Life block) are among the least satisfied with their heating compared to other Retirement Life properties across the city.”

The scheme is planned to reduce all resident’s fuel costs, and improve their ability to control heating, as well as to reduce carbon emissions by the installation of the GSHP system.

Work is due to start this month and take eight months to complete. Kirkstall ward councillors have been consulted and support the measures.

The council report can be read in full here.

GSHP have also been installed in the last year at four other West Leeds high rise blocks – Heights West, Heights East, Westerly Croft and Westerly Rise. Work is due to start in September on Rycroft Green, Rycroft Towers, Rycroft Court and Rycroft Place in Swinnow.

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