Barton Retrofit Project Secures Funding!

Barton Retrofit Project Secures Funding!

We are thrilled to have been awarded funding from Transtion Together via The National Lottery Community Fund to further develop the Barton Retrofit Cooperative. This project aims to upskill local tradespeople and residents in Barton to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, saving money, saving energy, improving health and regenerating the existing housing stock.

Why Retrofit?

Much of Barton’s existing housing stock is 1950s pre-fabs. Retrofitting will help to improve the property’s energy efficiency through the addition of new technology or features, futureproofing these homes for the next generation and saving residents money on their energy bills. 

There are different ways to retrofit a house, varying from single-room improvements to whole house retrofits. From simple draught proofing and improving ventilation to new renewable technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps.

Well retrofitted homes are also healthier environments that can reduce the risk of poor internal air quality related illness. This reduces pressure on the health service. Retrofitted homes are comfortable, use less energy and put less pressure on the power grid.

Retrofitting the UK’s housing stock is essential, especially if the UK is to reach net zero by 2050. The Barton project will create a community owned and community led enterprise that will meet the needs of the local people and their homes.

The project is being run by local Councillor and activist Jabu Nala-Hartley as part of her work with Owned by Oxford and Community Action Groups Oxfordshire. Jabu lives in, and represents Barton Residents, and is keen to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in the project.

Want to Get Involved?

The project is looking for local tradespeople that are interested in gaining new skills in retrofitting. On the job taining will be provided by local retrofitting experts. They are also looking for residents interested in learning about energy saving measures to help spread the message to Barton residents.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Jabu at

Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by Transition Together, has helped us to deliver this project. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.  Look for more information about Transition Together at

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