Decision details

Approval to procure a contractor to undertake design, build and delivery of District Heating Clusters for high rise housing

Reference: D52105

Decision Maker: Director of Resources and Housing

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


As part of the council’s plans to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty in our housing high rise blocks, the council plans to create six new district heating clusters to provide low carbon heat to up to 26 housing high rise blocks.

This scheme includes specialist technical design for each cluster; the works onsite including construction of the heat network and pipework and replacement of the existing electric storage heating and hot water systems in residents flats with modern and efficient heating; and the initial operation and maintenance of the clusters for a time limited period prior to long term arrangements being put in place.

This decision is to approve the scheme and the procurement route to appoint a contractor, and to authorise spend.  


The Director of Resources and Housing:

a)  Approved this scheme to replace heating and hot water systems in 26 high rise blocks, installing a low carbon district heating network in the form of six clusters; 

b)  Approved the proposed procurement of an external contractor through an OJEU compliant competitive two stage tender process and

c)  Authorised spend of £24m from the capital programme over the financial years of 2020/21 to 2023/2024 for the six clusters capital works.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Armley; Gipton and Harehills; Killingbeck and Seacroft; Little London and Woodhouse;

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Local ward members and residents for the blocks involved will be engaged and consulted in relation to planned works.  In addition leaseholder and neighbour consultation is planned in for these works.


Leeds Building Services, Property Management, procurement, legal and finance, as well as local councillors and residents/leaseholders in relation to the works.

Contact: Paul Rounding, Capital Programme Manager 07891272386 Email:

Publication date: 15/07/2020

Date of decision: 23/07/2020

Effective from: 31/07/2020

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