Novus’ Sustain service awarded significant Bradford contract

Novus Property Solutions has successfully supported Manningham Housing Association (MHA) in its Wave 2.1 Social Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) bid, whereby the residents of Bradford will benefit from over £2 million of investment into retrofit installations to bring homes up to at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C rating.

Through its Sustain service, the leading decarbonisation, maintenance and compliance contractor will work closely with the housing association to create healthier homes with reduced energy usage in the Manningham area of Bradford. Novus launched its Sustain workstream in 2021, offering a dedicated one-stop-shop service to assist the housing sector in achieving zero carbon targets across property portfolios. As part of the service, Novus’ expert team is able to complete the identification, application and execution of funding agreements such as SHDF, as well as deliver the works.

The SHDF funding will cover a series of energy efficiency upgrades to 111 properties, including loft top ups, cavity wall insulation and solar PV panels in order to upgrade the properties to an EPC Band C rating.

Michael Dyson Associates are project managing the scheme on behalf of Manningham and are also providing retrofit assessment, co-ordination and design services.

Novus, which celebrated its tenth anniversary as a sole entity in 2023 but has a rich 125-year family history, operates with people at its heart and this ethos will be invaluable for completing these works in the diverse community of Manningham. The contractor will carry out the retrofit works with careful consideration for residents’ cultures and languages, ensuring consistent and open communication throughout.

Commenting on the scheme, John Dale, Head of Operations at Novus Property Solutions said: “Novus’ vast experience in the execution of decarbonisation retrofit works, as well as our longstanding reputation for putting people at the heart of everything we do, makes us the ideal contractor to work on Manningham Housing Association’s latest investment into its housing stock.

“We’re delighted to have played a significant role in the successful application for SHDF Wave 2.1 funding, and we look forward to continued collaboration with Manningham Housing Association, Michael Dyson Associates, and the community over the coming months.”

Tom Finch, Head of Property Services at Manningham Housing Association said: “MHA are pleased to be partnering with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Novus and Michael Dyson Associates on this project. The investment of over £2 million into our properties will support our customers by improving the thermal efficiency of their homes and advance the wider drive to net zero across the housing sector”.

Paul Tyrer, Director at Michael Dyson Associates Ltd added: “Michael Dyson Associates Ltd has worked successfully with Manningham Housing Association for many years and we are happy to continue that long-standing relationship on this project. We look forward to bringing our multi-disciplinary retrofit expertise to the project, working collaboratively alongside Novus, Manningham Housing Association and the residents to ensure delivery of the project in line with SHDF funding criteria.”

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