Berwick residents are celebrating the completion of energy efficiency measures that help reduce energy costs for over 1,000 people.
The project, which is the largest of its kind in the region and cost £3.3 million, has been completed by not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing.
It has seen substantial insulation measures installed across 464 homes in Newfields and Highcliffe, both those belonging to Four Housing and privately owned properties.
The work was carried out in collaboration with strategic outsourcing and energy services company MITIE.
The properties have been fitted with external wall insulation to improve heat retention and to help reduce energy costs for the properties’ residents.
In addition facias, eaves and new guttering have also been fitted to further improve the appearance of the properties.
David Brown, Head of Asset Management at Four Housing, said: “Rising fuel bills are a major concern for many of our customers.
“Our aim was to improve the physical and financial wellbeing of the whole community and to rejuvenate the Newfields and Highcliffe estates.
“The immediate benefit of upgrading the energy efficiency of the properties has been felt by over 1,000 residents and the project’s success is a testament to the hard work shown by all the partners involved.”
The £3.3 million project was one of very few schemes in the country to get 100 per cent funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme, part of the Government’s Green Deal initiative.
The scheme was also a finalist in national awards.
These included the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards in the Better Neighbourhoods category, as well as the Housing Excellence Awards in the Best Partnering Scheme category.