Cassidy + Ashton nets lead role in Halton DCBL Stadium £1.6m eco-friendly project

The building surveying division at the Chester office of Cassidy + Ashton’s has been appointed to take a lead role in a major project at Halton’s DCBL Stadium, aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.

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The team is working with Halton Borough Council on the £1.67m energy efficiency stadium project in Widnes, which is home of Rugby League side, Widnes Vikings, and American football team, Halton Spartans.

The project, expected to be completed in March 2022, is part of Halton Borough Council’s aim to tackle climate change.

It has been enabled by a £1.3m grant secured through the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), which is run by Salix, a non-departmental public body, owned by the government. The aim of the fund is to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills.

The works will include changing the heating system from gas fired boilers to air source pumps, changing all lights including floodlights to LED lighting and the installation of new ceilings and insulation across its stands.

The stadium is also drawing power from the recently constructed solar farm on St Michael’s Golf Course.

Cassidy + Ashton’s team is being led by director, Dave Owen. The team advised Halton Borough Council on the grant submission, procured contractors for the project, provided technical designs for the project and is now providing a contract administrator role.

Dave Owen said: “This scheme is important to Cassidy + Ashton and Halton Borough Council as it is furthering the efforts to reduce carbon emissions across the world and will assist in reaching specific targets set out by our government.

“It is our ambition to work with clients to incorporate sustainable technologies where possible to bring energy savings and to assist in the world’s efforts to use alternative methods of heating, insulating or reusing materials for the betterment of the environment.”

Councillor Phil Harris, Halton Borough Council’s portfolio holder for climate change, says: “It is great news that we are continuing to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction with another project to address climate change. There’s still more to be done but there are further initiatives on the way.”

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