Health and Resilience: Area Based feasibility Retrofit Scheme in Oldham

Carbon Co-op have partnered with Connected Places Catapult and Oldham Council to investigate how an area-based scheme might operate in Oldham to increase the scope for retrofitting ageing housing stock in the area, while also improving the wellbeing of residents living in poorly insulated homes.

The project team began the 6 month feasibility study in October 2023 to identify the local challenges and better understand the scale of the opportunity in Oldham to address health and climate resilience through retrofit. This has involved a rigorous mapping process, involving demographic and built environment data, to ensure a considered selection on areas that could be considered for an area-based scheme.

Carbon Co-op has previously worked with communities in Oldham, delivering the Oldham Energy Futures project from 2020 to 2022, working with two neighbourhoods in Oldham to put citizens at the front and centre of decision making and planning in their local area. Following this, the feasibility study has ensured engagement with various stakeholders to highlight the local contextual considerations including poor health outcomes and inequality, complex and interrelated challenges, and stretched resources.

The study has also investigated the procurement of new delivery and financial models for retrofit installations, to identify funding options and explore ways of involving local supply chains in the delivery of services.