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Sandwell Homes Decent Homes Programme Sees More Happy Customers


Published by walton for Sandwell Homes Limited in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Local Government

The finishing touches have been put to three high-rise blocks in Sandwell this month, with the completion of a major refurbishment under the Decent Homes programme.


The blocks, namely Thompson Gardens in Smethwick, and Astbury Court and Lawrence Court in Oldbury, have benefited from improvements including new windows, re-cladding to external walls, redecorated communal areas, a new front entrance, repairs to brickwork and even landscaping to surrounding areas.

At a cost of approx £10.5m the refurbishments will mean improved living conditions to customers living in the 185 homes within the three blocks, particularly with the upgrading of doors and vents to meet fire regulations and new double-glazing to improve heat retention. Landscaping will also give the blocks surrounding environment a much-needed boost, making life for residents there more desirable in the process.

Sandwell Homes, the organisation responsible for managing 30,000 homes on behalf of Sandwell Council, has undertaken the refurbishment in partnership with Sandwell MBCs Urban Design, Connaught Partnerships Ltd, Lovell Partnerships, Thomas Vale Construction, and Rider Levett Bucknall who are supported by Peter Brett Associates and BM3 Architecture.

Mrs Day is a happy tenant at Astbury Court, she said:

I am really satisfied with the work that has been carried out under the Decent Homes programme. Astbury Court has been completely transformed and now looks really nice.

Although were happy that the scaffolding has come down I must admit we were sad to see the workmen go, who were all really professional, friendly people.


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