page 10 – improvement work set to restart

improvement work set to restart

believe housing’s £138m improvement programme for existing properties is set to restart in the coming weeks, focussing on outside work.

Work on believe housing’s 10-year long home improvement project was halted at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. But now work on roofing, rendering, fencing and footpaths is set to restart while minimising the need for access to the inside of homes.

Everyone working on the improvements will be following all guidance from the Government and Health and Safety Executive, including social distancing guidance. They will also have all of the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the potential for transmitting coronavirus.

The first locations set to benefit from fencing and pavement work include 176 homes in Castle Eden, Hesleden, Horden, Peterlee, Seaham and Wingate.

Homes in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland are being targeted for an early start on roof upgrades. The first will be the ‘traditionally’ built properties in Aclet Close, Archer Avenue, Brooklands, Cheesmond Avenue, Crawford Close, Douthwaite Road, Farndale Square and Gudmunsen Avenue.

The refurbishments are being carried out in partnership with specialist contractors ENGIE.

believe housing Neighbourhoods and Customer Experience Director, Ian Porter, said: “We’ll be working with customers to make sure that everyone is safe and happy with the planned work before we begin.

“We’ll be writing to every home involved soon and a Resident Liaison Officer from Engie will contact every customer involved individually. They will discuss any preparation that needs to be made and support that may be required during the work.

“It’s important that we make progress with this hugely important project, but we will not compromise the safety of our customers or colleagues.”

ENGIE was awarded the £138m contract by believe housing following a competitive bidding process based on value for money and quality. The company has a long and successful track record of working in the area and extensive experience of delivering major projects, while minimising disturbance to residents.