Keepmoat to carry out major kitchen refurbishment project
Published by Kelly Elliott for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Thousands of tenants across Flintshire will benefit from brand new kitchens over the next five years, thanks to a £49m refurbishment project.
Flintshire County Council is investing the money to ensure its properties meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), with work on the first of the 6,500 properties included in the scheme starting this month.
Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, which has considerable experience carrying out WHQS improvement work, is one of two contractors who have been jointly awarded the contract.
Keepmoat Area Director Steve Parrington said: “Our team has been working with Flintshire County Council for around four years now, carrying out similar types of refurbishments, and we are very pleased to be working with the council again on this important project.
“We are experienced at working in people’s homes and ensuring that work is carried out to the highest quality and with minimum disruption.
“This type of work makes a big difference to tenants’ lives and we are looking forward to transforming thousands of homes over the coming years.”
The investment by Flintshire County Council comes following a vote in which 88% of tenants said they would prefer their homes to remain under the control of the council rather than be transferred to a registered social landlord.
The majority of the council’s 7,500 properties will be fitted with brand new kitchens, with the rest receiving upgrades to ensure all meet and exceed the WHQS.
Flintshire County Council’s project manager Sean O’Donnell said: “Keepmoat have carried out a number of refurbishment projects for us in the past, including at our sheltered courts and bungalows, and we are pleased to be working alongside their team once again.”
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Helen Brown, said: “Investing in bringing our homes in line with the standard set by the Welsh Government is a major priority for the Council, and this project will ensure we can achieve this over the coming years.
“The result of the vote earlier this year demonstrates the confidence placed in us by our tenants and we intend to repay this trust by meeting the promises and targets we have made.”
The kitchen refurbishment contract has been split between Keepmoat and Wates and will operate on an optional rolling yearly basis, with the work split evenly in the first year and then divided in subsequent years according to performance.