Makeover chosen by residents transforms Sheffield estate
Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Education, Environment
Residents, Keepmoat employees and Sheffield councillors celebrate the makeover
A Sheffield estate has been given a major facelift as part of a scheme to cut residents fuel bills and breathe new life into the area.
More than 1,000 flats and maisonettes were revamped on the Hanover and Lansdowne estates in Broomhall and Sharrow as part of a £12.8m project by Sheffield City Council to rectify the long term disrepair on the estate by installing new high insulation external cladding.
The improvement works – carried out by Keepmoat on behalf of the council – saw the flats and maisonettes, built between 1968 and 1972, receive vibrant new cladding chosen by the estate’s residents in various colours and wood effect.
In addition more than 700 homes received digital TV upgrades and a further 200 properties received improvements under the Decent Homes programme.
The improvements by Doncaster-based Keepmoat led to the employment of six people off the Lansdowne and Hanover estates and created jobs for more than 30 people with a Sheffield postcode, including two apprentices who have now found permanent employment.
As well as giving a makeover to the estate the works should help to cut energy bills and alleviate fuel poverty.
Depending on individual choice and behaviour the Energy Saving Trust estimates fuel bills can be cut by between £200 to £380 per year by this kind of work. Over a 30 year period this could save between £6,000 and £11,400.
As part of its project on the Lansdowne and Hanover estates Keepmoat also funded more than 50 local community events and invested £17,000 in community projects.
Councillor Harry Harpham, Sheffield City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: "It’s great to see Keepmoat and the council working so closely with the community to deliver such a successful project.
"I’ve made several visits to Lansdowne and Hanover over the last two years and I’m really pleased to hear the positive feedback from the community. The cladding is already improving the thermal comfort of resident’s homes which will reduce their fuel bills and energy consumption, especially in the cold winter months.
"The attractive cladding colours selected by the residents look fantastic and have really transformed the estate."
Mike Edwards, Managing Director of Keepmoat Property Services, said: “We are proud to have been part of a project which has improved the lives of residents on two landmark estates in Sheffield.
“These works have not only improved the landscape of the Lansdowne and Hanover estates but will also improve resident’s quality of life through lower fuel bills and better TV signals.
“As a company headquartered in Doncaster Keepmoat is very pleased to have created local job opportunities in Sheffield and contributed to so many community events close to home.”
The contract for the improvement works, was awarded to the Apollo Group in 2011, however the firm merged with Keepmoat last year to become part of the Keepmoat Group.