WIDNES Vikings’ DCBL Stadium is set to receive £1.6million of upgrades in order to reduce its carbon footprint.

Specialist architects firm Cassidy and Ashton is set to carry out the work on the Halton Borough Council-owned facility, with the improvements due to be completed by March next year.

This will include replacing gas-fired boilers with air source pumps in the heating system and installing LED lighting, new ceilings and insulation across the stands.

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The stadium is also drawing power from the recently constructed solar farm on St Michael’s Golf Course.

Cassidy and Ashton’s team director Dave Owen said: “This scheme is important to Cassidy and Ashton and Halton Borough Council, as it is furthering the efforts to reduce carbon emissions across the world and will assist in reaching specific targets set out by our government.”

The project has been enabled by a £1.3million grant secured through the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

Cllr Phil Harris, the council’s portfolio holder for climate change, added: “It is great news that we are continuing to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction with another project to address climate change.

“There’s still more to be done but there are further initiatives on the way.”