£15m retrofit deal fuels expansion for construction firm

Retrofit specialist Next Energy has announced a new office opening in the West Midlands, after securing £15m of work.

Next Energy has been engaged by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Sandwell Borough Council to work on 1,500 properties. The Prescot-headquartered firm is set to improve homes on these schemes through a mix of fabric and renewable measures.

To bolster the expansion, Next Energy has opened new office premises as they maximise the rollout of support in the region, creating more than 50 roles in the area.

The domestic retrofit firm, which installs energy-efficient measures in homes for social landlords and local authorities, had previously announced a £45.8 million pipeline for the first quarter of 2024, including a multi-million Manchester City Council Contract.

Next has also grown its national ECO 4 capabilities alongside partners Octopus Energy, British Gas, Ovo Energy and E’on, now delivering Local Authority Flex for a total of 46 councils across the UK.

Next Energy is offering its expertise free of charge to new and existing partners in the region looking to bid for SHDF Wave 3 funding.

Next Energy director Michael Madigan said: “The contracts with West Midlands Combined Authority and Sandwell Borough Council are important partnerships for Next Energy. We continue to ensure homes are more energy efficient, bringing down household bills in the process and tackling the climate crisis.

“The new office premises in the West Midlands also emphasises our commitment to local employment and ensures a greater presence for additional control and support on these major projects. Next Energy is already recruiting in the area and using a local supply chain”.

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