Two Armley high rise blocks to receive £1.5 million heating and water revamp

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Council chiefs have given the green light to spending £1.5 million on a new heating and hot water system in two West Leeds high-rise flats.

Tenants of Westerly Rise and Croft in Armley are having their existing electric storage heating and hot water systems replaced with state-of-the-art ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and a new water heating system.

The work follows a £1.85m pilot project announced earlier this year which has seen Heights East and The Heights West equipped with new renewable energy ground source heat pumps.

A council report authorising the work on the Westerlys said:

“As part of the council’s plans to address fuel poverty and the climate emergency, works are planned to replace existing electric storage heating and hot water systems in two further council high rise blocks as part of a phase 2, namely Westerly Croft and
Westerly Rise in Armley.

“The current heating systems in these blocks are near or at the end of their life, and their replacement provides an opportunity to use a renewable technology and reduce carbon emissions.”

Work is due to start later this month and finish in Spring 2021.

Read the full council report here.

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