Cube starts £11m project to cut tenants’ fuel bills

Cube project officer Lindsey Ogilvie, left, and British Gas resident liaison officer Claire Mitchell celebrate work starting with Cube tenant Isabel MacPherson

Cube project officer Lindsey Ogilvie, left, and British Gas resident liaison officer Claire Mitchell celebrate work starting with Cube tenant Isabel MacPherson

Three communities in Glasgow will benefit from a massive £11 million investment to make homes more energy efficient.

Around 700 flats will be transformed and made warmer thanks to the latest multi-million-pound project by Cube Housing Association and Scottish Gas.

Hundreds of tenants in the city’s Broomhill and Gorget areas will benefit from a new state-of-the-art district heating system and solid wall insulation.

Tenants in Maryhill will also see new energy-efficient heating installed in their homes.

Work, which began last week, is expected to take around 12 months.

Cube, which is part of Wheatley Group, and Scottish Gas recently completed a £20m programme on 1,900 homes in the Wyndford Estate in Maryhill, Glasgow.

Cube tenant Isabel MacPherson lives on the 15th floor of a multi-storey block in Broomhill. She said: “I’m looking forward to the investment work. It will improve the area for everyone.

“I’ve lived here for 46 years and I love it. I was one of the first tenants to move in after the blocks were built. It’s such a lovely place with the trees and the views. There’s a really good community in our block.”

Scottish Gas is undertaking the latest work as part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), which focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable customers and those living in hard to heat homes.

David Young, managing director from Scottish Gas Energy Efficiency, said: “We’re really pleased to be undertaking the latest phase of this project in partnership with Cube Housing Association in Glasgow that will transform the lives of hundreds of people in the city.

“This will make homes warmer and more energy efficient for families to live in, and will help to lower their energy bills too.”

The project will see solid wall insulation fitted to the outside of over 600 multi-storey and low-rise homes in Broomhill and Gorget. The insulation will reduce the amount of heat escaping through walls and help homes heat up quicker and stay warmer over a longer period. In addition, 112 homes in Collina Street, Maryhill, will get new heating in their homes.

Cube director David Mackenzie added: “It’s an exciting time for tenants. Our investment will provide residents with warm, affordable energy-efficient homes. It will also mean tenants enjoy cheaper bills – and help us tackle fuel poverty.”