£5m investment for West Midlands affordable homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Affordable housing in the West Midlands has been given a £5.2 million boost.
Housing provider Optima Community Association has started work on internal and external improvements to its properties across Birmingham, Dudley, Halesowen, Sandwell, Solihull, Tipton and Walsall.
The work includes the replacement of 38 roofs, 296 homes being painted externally, 110 new kitchens, 36 new bathrooms, 299 new heating systems and upgrading concierge offices and security systems.
Mark Allen, project manager at Optima, said: “We are committed to continually improving the standard of our homes. Our priority is resident satisfaction and together with our contractors we aim to deliver this programme to a high standard.”
Tenant Anthony Chamberlain (pictured), 67, of Ottawa Tower, said: “I was pleased how quick and easy it was to have the work completed. I handed over the keys to the tenant liaison officer and they took care of the work whilst I was out.
“The improvement I like the most is Sure Stop for the water supply. It's brilliant. I can turn of the main water supply with the flick of a switch which is great, especially for older people like me."
The works will also see the demolition of four steel framed houses in Castle Bromwich with structural problems.
Optima is part of Bromsgrove based WM Housing Group which owns and manages more than 27,000 homes.