River Clyde Homes unveils £4m heating improvement plan for Inverclyde tower blocks
River Clyde Homes (RCH) is set to begin a major programme of improvement works that will see significant upgrades to heating systems at high-rise blocks at Eastern View, Kilblain Court and Royal Court.
The £4 million investment is part of an ongoing £20m initiative to help reduce fuel poverty in Inverclyde and builds upon works already completed in the Broomhill area and Cartsdyke Apartments, and ongoing at a number of sheltered housing complexes.
The works will see outdated and uneconomical heating systems replaced with modern energy efficient local heating systems that use the latest technology to help reduce fuel bills for tenants. It will also ensure homes meet new energy efficiency standards set by the Scottish Government.
Gary Wilson, RCH’s director of property services, said: “River Clyde Homes is committed to reducing fuel poverty and ensuring all its homes have fit-for-purpose heating systems. As part of a £20m heating improvement programme, replacing the heating systems in these three tower blocks confirms this commitment and we are confident that the new systems will provide our customers with a cheaper, warmer and greener alternative to what they have currently.
“The new heating systems will include a sustainable biomass fuel source that is carbon neutral, and will ensure homes within the three tower blocks comply with the Scottish Government’s new targets for energy efficiency, which must be met by the end of 2020. We are confident these works will be complete well in advance of that date.”
Gary added: “We are committed to carrying out these works with as little disruption to residents as possible, and have already started to contact our tenants at Eastern View to give them full details of the works and how they will be affected. We will also be contacting our tenants at Kilblain Court and Royal Court over the coming weeks. Anyone who has previously bought their home in any of the three tower blocks will also be fully informed about any potential implications for them.”