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Boris Johnson outlines huge London retrofit programme

London Mayor Boris Johnson has extended his building programme RE:FIT to all public buildings and outlined his vision to make London the world-leading retrofit capital

Having been trialled on 42 fire stations, police stations and Transport for London buildings, the RE:FIT programme could see up to 600 buildings in London retfofitted as part of his drive to reduce the capital’s carbon output by 60 per cent by 2025.

Johnson called on the third sector ‘to step up investment’ into a range of innovative City Hall-designed programmes, kick-started using public funds.

He said: ‘Just as London’s innovative approach secured its prosperity during the industrial age, so I want us now to grasp the massive economic opportunities coming from becoming a lean, green, energy-efficient city.

‘Reducing energy use in the capital’s buildings represents the single biggest low carbon investment opportunity for London. In the face of rising energy costs, this is also great news for Londoners and organisations in terms of savings off fuel bills. We now have in place a raft of top notch programmes primed and ready with the clout to retrofit London at the scale required and I urge the private sector to seize this profitable opportunity to work with us.’

A total pot of £116.5million is being spent on ‘or in place’ for carbon reduction projects with £16.5million of this cash expected to come from the London Development Agency over the next financial year.

The Mayor also announced a low carbon prize aimed at London’s higher education institutions, although he has yet to find a sponsor for the iniative which could be worth up to £20,000 for the student who comes up with the ‘the most promising idea for reducing energy use in buildings’.

Meanwhile the deadline is looming for the AJ-backed 3R Awards.

The programme, which stands for ‘Refurb, Rethink, Retrofit’, covers all areas of the retrofit and refurbishment markets – estimated to be worth £500 billion over the next three decades.

‘Retrofit and creative adaptation will be critical if we are to develop sustainable, long-term built environments,’ AJ editorial director Paul Finch explained.

‘These awards are a recognition and celebration of great projects already completed, and will promote exemplars across the construction industry.’

Backed by the AJ and sister titles Construction News and New Civil Engineer, the award categories range from one-off homes to major infrastructure projects, and prizes will be given not just to engineers and architects but to also products designs and specialist companies.

The deadline for entries is 8 July.

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