Nottingham tenants benefit from £42m improvements to homes
Published by KDavison for New Charter Group in Housing
Tenant Peter Holt in his new kitchen with Gedling Homes’ Michelle Swanson and Daniel Smith and Mick Lomas and Graham Taylor from contractors FHM.
A £42m five-year investment programme to improve more than 3,350 homes in Gedling, Nottingham has been completed with all properties in the area now above the national Decent Homes Standard.
In 2008, housing association Gedling Homes made a promise to tenants to bring all its properties up to the Gedling Tenants’ Standard - a standard higher than the Government’s requirements.
Since then it has been fitting new kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors and central heating systems with work to the final property in the programme completed at the end of March 2013.
The Gedling Tenants’ Standard will help to improve the look of homes inside and out as well as people’s quality of life by providing them with new and up-to-date facilities.
The programme has not just been about bricks and mortar. It has supported more than 20 apprentices, 15 work experience pupils and around 300 local school children.
It has also helped to strengthen communities by bringing different groups of people together through local projects.
The Gedling Tenants’ Standard is above the Government’s Decent Homes Standard and was agreed with residents before the homes were transferred from council ownership. The standard includes double glazing and ensures properties have a kitchen that is no older than 15 years.
Tenant Peter Holt of Bailey Court, Netherfield (pictured) said: “I’d like to thank Gedling Homes for my lovely new kitchen as it has made a big difference to me. It has motivated me into having the rest of my home decorated and I chose a black and white kitchen because I support Notts County!”
Jason Cannon, director of asset management at Gedling Homes said: “We wanted to give tenants something more than just the national standard and we made a promise to them that we’d do that.
“All of our homes now meet the Gedling Tenants’ Standard and we’ve worked with people before and during the programme to make sure the work to homes was what people wanted.
“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to keep our promise to tenants and deliver refurbishments to some 3,350 homes while creating a legacy through partnership work and local projects.”