The BGreen Project is a pioneering initiative across 2 wards and 5 estates in Central Oldham.
The guiding principle of BGreen is collaboration - working with the community to achieve together.
Identified as the first pilot for the new FCHO Asset and Neighbourhood Plan framework, the BGreen initiative aligned itself with the Oldham MBC Public Services Reform pilot, testing how co-designing and pooling resources could deliver better value and improve the outcomes and performance of localised community services. Working in partnership with British Gas, Oldham Council, contractor Forrest and Savills the estate agent, there was a £21 million improvement programme, funded by British Gas and FCHO.
We commissioned the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to carry out research into the impact of BGreen. Early results show increased self-esteem and engagement in the community amongst other impacts.CLES Report Summary
The innovative approach taken is gaining recognition both in the housing and energy sectors.
Housing Innovation Awards 2016 - Most Innovative Regeneration Scheme
Housing Excellence Awards 2016 - Best Partnering Scheme (with British Gas)
National Housing Awards 2016 - Most Innovative or Specialist Solution
Housing Innovation Awards 2016 - Most Innovative Retrofit Scheme
National Housing Awards 2015 - Most Innovative or Specialist Solution