Social landlord injects £1m into improvements
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Whitefriars Housing is spending £1 million improving its homes in Willenhall.
Properties will benefit from improved communal areas including sheds and bin stores as well as new hedging and more than 4,000 metres of recycled plastic picket fencing.
This money is in addition to a £9m investment made by Whitefriars over the past two years into improving the insulation to homes in Willenhall and Willenhall Wood.
In total, 51 blocks of flats and 192 houses are seeing improvements as part of the works, which include fitting 190 doors, installing 51 security gates and replacing or creating roofs for 190 bin stores and shared sheds.
Earl Allen, 24, is one of the tenants to benefit from the improvements. He said: “My block is already re-rendered and looking smart and the team is now busy doing up the outside shared area. The work is only part-way through but it is already obvious that the locality is cared for. When somewhere looks well tended it encourages residents to take pride in where they live and it makes a real difference.”
Steve Kirk, director of Whitefriars HomeWorks, said: “We’re proud to have won this work and look forward to meeting local people’s expectations.
“The value of the contract meant there was a competitive tender process but our bid won on quality and value.
“As well as improving the environment with this project we’re also helping our carpentry apprentices build their skills and employing local people.”
Photo: HomeWorks George Tighe and tenant Wesley Allen.