Retrofit project gives Scone homes a new lease of life

Ryan Donnelly (site manager at Union Technical); Moira Mackay (development manager at Hanover Gardens, New Scone); Chris Cogan (head of construction at Union Technical); Gary Livingston (site manager at Union Technical)

AN £860,000 project in Scone, Perthshire, has transformed 25 homes that were previously at risk of demolition, to make them warmer and cheaper to heat whilst focusing on Hanover Scotland’s net zero aspirations.

The one-bedroom bungalows at Hanover Gardens have been fully retrofitted by Glasgow-based energy services company Union Technical to improve thermal efficiency.

The scope of work on the homes, constructed in 1968 and owned by Hanover Scotland, is another ‘Smarter Homes’ project delivered by Union Technical – a new initiative which has been designed with a whole-house approach in mind. This includes the stripping of existing roofs and re-roofing, full roof extensions to accommodate new external wall insulation, and installation of in-roof solar PV, battery storage and high heat retention storage heaters.

The project, which also included ventilation improvements, aims to help residents make substantial savings on their energy bills.

Hanover Scotland manages over 5,000 homes across 25 local authorities. Union Technical worked closely with the organisation to help obtain funding for the upgrades at Hanover Gardens, which are being financed through a combination of ECO4 grants and the Scottish Government’s Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund.

Michael Sweeney, director at Union Technical, said, “Our work at Hanover Gardens is a significant development for us and will have measurable benefits for the residents at Hanover Gardens, helping residents to make significant savings on their energy bills and securing safe, comfortable, warm homes for the local community. At Union Technical we have a wealth of experience working in rural areas of Scotland, and we are always keen to make sure as much benefit as possible is kept within the local community.

“Social responsibility is at the heart of all we do, and as a business we are fully committed to building long-term, successful relationships with our clients and customers. We are family-owned and run, with our projects being installed by a combination of our own in-house teams and by sourcing local labour through our approved contractors process.”

Moira Mackay, development manager at Hanover Scotland, added, “With work having completed on site at New Scone, I would like to extend my thanks to Union Technical for a job well done. The team was exceptional, and nothing was too much trouble for them. It was a pleasure to do business with Union Technical and I wish the team all the best for the future.”