ENGIE completes construction of sustainable homes for Oldham Council

27th April 2021

Leading energy, services and regeneration specialist, ENGIE, is pleased to announce the completion of the £4m Primrose Bank project which involved the construction of 19 eco-friendly, five-bedroom properties for Oldham Council, providing affordable accommodation for families in the borough.

Each home features renewable energy equipment, including photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, battery storage, dual supplies with ‘Economy 7’ technology for hot water and thermal store water, and electrical storage heating. Each property also has a dedicated Wi-Fi unit that monitors energy usage, controlling the source provision to ensure the most effective use of renewable and stored energy. All of the above reduces carbon emissions and the property’s reliance on natural gases, while ensuring tenants have an efficient system with all modern comforts. The smart technology has been fitted as part of a project called RED WoLF (Rethink Electricity Distribution Without Load Following) – an Interreg North-West Europe programme funded by the EU, which Oldham Council is a key partner in.

The units were built with efficiency in mind, with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) A ratings meaning they’re cost-effective to run, with ultimately lower bills to pay.

Steve Gregory, Head of New Build at ENGIE UK & Ireland (North West) said: “I’m delighted that we’ve safely and successfully delivered all 19 houses and created a thriving new neighbourhood of affordable accommodation for families in the town.

“It’s been great to continue our partnership with the Council and build on the regeneration of the area that ENGIE has been involved with for a number of years. With our commitment to creating high-quality, sustainable new homes, we were pleased to bring our expertise to this development.”

Councillor Hannah Roberts, Cabinet member for Housing, said: “It has been wonderful to see families moving into these new homes. This type of low-energy home is exactly what Oldham, and the country, needs both now and in the future. We were lucky to receive funding as one of six pilot schemes to be able to provide all the technology, and long-term funding is vital to be able to build more homes like this to support our ambition for a carbon neutral borough by 2030. ENGIE delivered the build despite the challenges of the pandemic and Oldham Council has been able to offer good homes to families who had been waiting for some time.”