Lakes Estate’s £7.7million energy efficiency project shortlisted for award

The Lakes Estate, Bletchley
The Lakes Estate, Bletchley

A £7.7million project where council-owned homes on a Bletchley estate were given new roofs, boilers and double glazing has been shortlisted for a housing award.

The idea of the project on the Lakes Estate on behalf of Milton Keynes Council was to improve energy efficiency and make homes warmer, greener and cheaper to heat.

The project, carried out by housing and regeneration company Keepmoat under the Government’s former Community Energy Saving Programme, was praised by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker MP when he visited the estate last year. It finished in March after a year’s work.

Barry McCarthy, regeneration director for Keepmoat Southern Region, said: “Energy Efficiency is high on the agenda right now and Keepmoat are at the forefront of tackling fuel poverty and transforming homes and communities.

“The work carried out on The Lakes Estate not only benefits the environment but also means tenants and home owners could save hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bills, which is obviously very welcome.

“We’ve been delighted to carry out this work on behalf of Milton Keynes Council and for the scheme to be recognised in this way is fantastic news for everyone involved.”

The Lakes Estate was built between 1968 and 1975 and consists of 2,200 homes, mostly terraced houses and bungalows. About half of these are owned by Milton Keynes Council and 450 were involved in the upgrade programme.

Councillor Edith Bald, Cabinet member for Housing and Finance, said: “For the project to be recognised for its effort is fantastic news. Energy efficiency is an issue, particularly for the more vulnerable. The good work going on down on the Lakes Estate is not only helping people keep warm but can also go some way to help reduce outgoings for residents.”

Local charities also benefited as scrap metal salvaged from roofs during repair work was sold, with profits donated to local charities.

The project has been shortlisted for the ‘Sustainable larger housing retrofit project of the year (more than 25 homes)’ category at the Sustainable Housing Awards.

Organised by Inside Housing the awards take place at the Lancaster London Hotel on Friday, October 18.