First ‘Step Energy’ project gets underway

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The first project to be delivered by complete construction partner Stepnell’s new Step Energy service has started on site at Aylestone Leisure Centre in Leicester.

The Leicester City Council £1.12m scheme is due to be completed in Summer 2023 and involves the removal and replacement of existing roofing and installation of a large scale solar Photovoltaic (PV) system.

Procured through the Crown Commercial Services Framework: RM6088 Construction Works and Associated Service, the scheme is partly funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and linked to the city council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. The sustainable works will enable the leisure centre to self-generate a large percentage of its energy requirements, reducing demand on the local electricity network.

Simon Briggs, energy lead at Stepnell, said: “Step Energy exists to support our clients make the best renewable and energy efficient technology choices. This is a fantastic first project for the division and, when complete, Leicester City Council’s Aylestone Leisure Centre will now be expected to save 54.65 tC02 of emissions. “We are proud to offer a tailored approach and bespoke solutions to projects like this, which will ensure that long term benefits are prioritised for the building owners, users and importantly the planet.”

This is the first project to benefit from Stepnell’s new ‘Step Energy’ service, which provides energy saving strategies and carbon reduction ambitions, through the implementation of renewable and efficient energy technologies.

Leicester’s deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on transport, clean air and climate emergency, said: “This new investment in major energy efficiency improvements at Aylestone Leisure Centre represents another step forward in our citywide response to the climate emergency. With over 800 panels, it will be the largest array of PV panels we have installed on any of buildings so far.“We are acutely aware that the need to retrofit and decarbonise existing buildings is amongst the biggest challenges presented by the climate emergency. “Through an ongoing programme of investment in making our buildings more energy efficient, we can dramatically cut carbon emissions. In doing so, we will also help to save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in energy costs – something that’s very welcome in these extraordinarily challenging times.”

The scheme will deliver significant social value through employing a local workforce and the use of a regional supply chain within 30 miles of the project. Neighbouring schools and colleges are set to benefit from careers advice events put on by Stepnell. To add even further value back to the local community, Stepnell will be donating 32 volunteer hours to make improvements in the area and to the environment.

Tom Sewell, regional director at Stepnell, said: “Working with local partners throughout the project, such as Leicestershire Cares, LEBC and Leicester Environmental Volunteers, will enable us to deliver on our commitment to social value. We prioritise leaving a lasting legacy in the communities our projects take place, not only on the quality of works but also our impact on supporting the next generation to thrive, making the environment better and improving local economies by providing valuable work opportunities.”

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