Through a long-term partnership with Clear Futures, Bolton Council benefits from a quick, efficient route to procure infrastructure projects, with a special focus on sustainability. With access to expertise in energy retrofits, the council has made significant reductions to carbon emissions and energy bills at Ladybridge High School – learn more below.
Energy challenges of an ageing estate
Ladybridge High School in Bolton was built in the 1970’s, and with an on-site leisure centre and educational farm, had complex and high energy requirements. It was affected by inefficiencies such as separate controls in different locations, high-energy lighting and single-glazed windows.
Mobilising quickly to implement improvements
Robertson Facilities Management (RFM) is a pre-procured Clear Futures national supply chain partner, giving Bolton Council easy access to deliver the project at speed. The Council could quickly engage the RFM to carry out energy audits and make a funding application. Once funding was secured, RFM could be swiftly instructed to deliver the decarbonisation improvements. Drawing on vast experience of similar work across the North West, RFM applied their understanding of the technologies and local supply chain partners to deliver the project efficiently, and with minimal disruption in the live school / leisure centre environment.
Securing decarbonisation funding for the Council
RFM carried out energy audits using their innovative energy tool across the site, identifying the most beneficial decarbonisation measures and solutions to reduce operational energy consumption and carbon output. These were included in a Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund (PSDS) application, made on behalf of Bolton Council, which successfully unlocked £1.4m of funding to deliver the decarbonisation project.
- Air source heat pump
- Solar PV systems
- Double glazing
- Building Management System
- Heating pipework insulation
- Building Energy Management System