Decision details

To appoint Sero Life Ltd to deliver Professional Retrofit Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets (Deputy Leader)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To appoint Sero Life Ltd to deliver Professional Retrofit Services (retrofit coordination and retrofit
assessment), in support of, and according to the requirements of, the publicly available
specification, PAS 2035: Retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency – Specification and

Reasons for the decision:

The Council is entering into a contract to deliver decarbonisation works in-line with PAS 2035.
This work supports the Authority’s declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019 and its
commitment to become net-zero carbon by 2030. It allows for works under the Social Housing
Decarbonisation Fund (“SHDF”) Wave 2.1 (which provides partial grant funding), to almost 200
properties, to be carried out. SHDF Wave 2.1 requires the decarbonisation/energy efficiency
works to be completed in a defined time-frame and to PAS 2035. CBC successfully gained grant
funding through the SHDF and the budget for this has already been signed off by Cabinet.
This contract will also support future successful bids for further SHDF grant funding, by allowing
preliminary assessments, which will help define any future bid.
A procurement exercise has taken place and following receipt of seven bids, Sero Life Ltd were

Alternative options considered:

The Council considered using in-house services. However, the size and scale of the project was
compared against the existing resources, skills and capabilities. The project is also required to
meet the council’s ambition for Cheltenham to be Net Carbon Zero by 2030 and following
successful bids to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund it was determined that contracting
with a third party would be lower risk and would provide the best value for money for the Council.

Declarations: none

Contact: Gemma Bell, Director of Finance and Assets and Deputy S151 Officer Email: [email protected].

Publication date: 02/04/2024

Date of decision: 01/03/2024