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Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)

Client: Various Multi Academy Trusts
Value: £8.8M
Location: National
Sector: Education,
Services: Education Funding, Sustainability,

Project Overview

In September 2020 the UK Government announced the £1bn PSDS funding for energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects to be administered by Salix Finance. In response, over 50 of our clients requested support in surveys to gathering asset data across their estates to support grant fund applications.

This resulted in the rapid mobilisation of a large team of building surveyors and engineers to inspect our client’s sites, capturing asset data on plant, building fabric etc.

The survey programme needed to be completed in a 3-month period to meet timelines for applications. The Barker Team successfully completed over 370 audits in less than three months.

Following completion of the data capture, the team then used our EO Portal data analytics to support the financial modelling to support capital bids for projects such as PV Panels, LED lighting. Of those we put forward, a staggering 131 projects were approved. With funding secured, the Barker team have mobilised projects on various sites with the view to delivering them by March 2022 deadline. 


Key challenges included:

  • Incredibly rapid delivery requirement – conducting over 30 surveys per week across the whole country and rolling out projects to be completed within the timelines.
  • Working through the Covid-19 pandemic meant that access restrictions, site closures and issues caused by self-isolation of surveyors as well as client facilities staff on site created numerous challenges.
  • Handling large quantities of client survey data.
  • Mobilising project teams within tight timelines


In securing nearly £10m in capital funding through the PSDS scheme, Barker have enabled our clients to hit many of their decarbonisation goals including reducing operational costs, generating major carbon savings and engaging with students on climate change. Crucially, this has enabled many trusts to embark on a long term energy efficiency programme using savings and data to facilitate future programmes of work.

A summary of decarbonisation measures and anticipated outputs is shown below.

PSDS Tally

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Client Testimonial

With Barker's assistance, we were able to secure funds from the LCSF round to put together Energy Assessments for some of our schools, and amazingly, secure over £3million worth of funding with the PSDS round (10% of the overall Multi Academy Trust award) for various carbon reduction schemes; LED lighting installation, solar panel installation, hand dryer installations, and some smaller TRV and insulation works. Barker have been great through the whole process, assisting with the initial skills fund award, the bids, monitoring paperwork as well as project tenders, set up, and completion. 


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Key Contact

Thomas Deacon

0203 912 7812