A ground-breaking event has taken place in Alexandra Park ahead of works to build a new environmentally-friendly depot.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Abdul Jabbar met with council officers and construction partners, Whitfield and Brown Developments, to mark the first ‘spade in the ground’ at the site of the new eco centre.
The new energy efficient building – which is the first phase of our plan to create a sustainable hub at the park – will be heated by air source heat pumps providing more sustainable heat and hot water.
It will not only provide a modern working space for our Environmental Services teams, but will also play an active role in the community through a range of uses such as spaces for events, education and recreation.
Cllr Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Low Carbon said: “I’m delighted to see the construction of the new depot has commenced.
“It was fantastic to celebrate the start of this project which will deliver huge environmental, economic and social benefits. As a Green New Deal council, we are absolutely committed to green energy and tackling the climate challenge in Oldham.
“I’m looking forward to the new depot opening in 12 months’ time.”
Construction will start on 6 December and is expected to be complete in winter 2022 and will create 13 new jobs, as well as work placements and skills opportunities to help young people into work.
Cllr Arooj Shah, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Social and Economic Reform, said: “The new depot is a fantastic example of how Oldham Council is striving to make Oldham the greenest borough in Greater Manchester and, at the same time, unlocking opportunities to improve the lives of our communities.”