The Bradford Combined Court Centre and Magistrates Court are set to be among the first Courts buildings in England to be heated via renewable energy through a 20-year deal with the Bradford Energy Network.

The Bradford Energy Network is a £70m development and will become one of the UK’s largest low-to-zero carbon district heating network when it starts generating heat in 2026. The district heating network will employ a large-scale heat pump, initially supplemented by gas boilers, transitioning to a net-zero carbon output by 2030.

To help cover the costs of optimising the building heating and hot water systems, and connecting to the heat network, 1Energy and Fairheat, supported the HM Courts and Tribunals Service to apply for grant funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. £3.5m in grant funding was successfully secured for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Marissa Granath, Project Director of the Bradford Energy Network for 1Energy, said:

“The Bradford Energy Network is a nationally significant project which will help to build the future of Bradford’s net zero infrastructure underneath the streets of the city centre.”

“Signing a 20-year deal to deliver low-carbon heating to two of Bradford’s largest buildings shows the faith and confidence HM Courts and Tribunals have in the Bradford Energy Network.”

“There are only two options available to property owners and developers looking to decarbonise buildings in Bradford: a building-scale heat pump or connection our heat network. However, connecting to our network is by far the most economical way to decarbonise heat, with total whole-life costs around 30% cheaper than installing individual air source heat pumps on buildings.”

“We were thrilled that HMCTS were able to secure £3.5m of grant funding to enable Bradford Law Courts to connect to the heat network and we are excited about working with other building owners in Bradford to help them cut costs and cut carbon emissions.”

Marissa Granath, Project Director of the Bradford Energy Network, 1Energy

FairHeat guided HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) through the Salix application process by conducting thorough building surveys, establishing detailed scope of works and cost plans, developing energy savings accrued through the works and establishing a strong Phase 3c application with engagement from all relevant stakeholders.

FairHeat’s specialist Operations team were engaged in the project, leading that team is James Gallimore, Associate Engineer at FairHeat, who commented:

“Through our design approach and using FairHeat’s delivery team, we are going to optimise the buildings first before connecting into the District Heat Network which will reduce carbon intensity and cost of heat delivered to each building. We’re excited to support the development of the design and delivery of this project, ahead of connecting to the district heating network in 2026.”

“HM Courts and Tribunals Service and 1Energy have been highly collaborative and have allowed the team at FairHeat to conduct temperature lowering testing ahead of the full detailed design and delivery works which has helped to build the case for the works.”

“Congratulations to Simran Chaggar who led on the application process, temperature lowering and supported HM Courts and Tribunals Service and 1Energy through all parts of the Salix application journey.”

James Gallimore, Associate Engineer, FairHeat

Need help with your PSDS Applications?

FairHeat’s Specialist Operations team have experience in crafting thorough funding applications. The team has been engaged to develop funding applications by 7 public sector bodies, covering over 25 buildings, with a total value of more than £35 million in funding.

The applications included:

  • Connection of public sector buildings to a low carbon district heating network.
  • Upgrades to building level heating and hot water systems to permit more efficient operation and enable the connection of low carbon heat technologies through flow and return temperature reductions.
  • Upgrades to fabric performance of the building and installation of solar PV.

FairHeat possess extensive knowledge in heat decarbonisation and various other decarbonisation approaches specifically tailored for public sector buildings. These services include:

  1. Conducting surveys and options appraisals to identify opportunities for decarbonisation.
  2. Producing design documentation, energy savings calculations and cost plans.
  3. Supporting on the PSDS application process with respect other elements – e.g. programme, planning, DNO engagement.

Are you looking for support with your PSDS applications? Reach out to our specialist operations team at