Multi-million pound homes revamp
Published by Shoreline for Shoreline Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Communities
Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director of Wates Living Space, Shoreline chief executive Tony Bramley and Jon Edgar of Forrest
£40 million of investment in Shoreline homes will be carried out over the next four years.
The major investment programme includes work on thousands of homes as well as apartment blocks and includes the installation of over:
- 2070 new kitchens
- 1230 new bathrooms
- 3900 new window and door projects
Plus roofing repairs and replacements, heating and hot water projects and external decoration.
Shoreline’s major commitment to the refurbishment of homes throughout North East Lincolnshire will be undertaken by two leading construction companies Forrest and Wates Living Space.
Both companies were chosen by Shoreline’s Board after a thorough tendering process that followed European Union procurement rules.
Work is due to commence by April 2014 on the first 60 properties located across the borough, and will then be undertaken on a neighbourhood basis.
Both companies will boost local job opportunities creating seven paid apprenticeships and 21 work placements for those in education and long-term unemployment.
The huge project is also set to have a major impact on the local economy with sub-contracting opportunities for construction and maintenance trades people in the area with an employment fair in conjunction with e-factor due to be announced within the next few days.
Other benefits will include neighbourhood improvement work, employee volunteering activities and community skills training.
Shoreline chief executive Tony Bramley said: “This is a massive investment which will have a positive long-term impact on the lives of our tenants and further improve the quality of the homes we provide throughout the area.
“We’re looking forward to working with both Wates and Forrest who will add value to the local community through apprenticeships, work placements, support for local businesses and neighbourhood development.”
Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director of Wates Living Space, said: “We’re looking forward to applying our expertise in the delivery of planned maintenance to this significant collection of homes in North East Lincolnshire. This is an important project for the area and we will be using our partnership with Shoreline to unlock a number of training and employment opportunities for local people and businesses. As a considerate contractor, we are committed to delivering economic and social value in addition to renewed, high quality sustainable homes.”
Lee McCarren, CEO, Forrest, added: “From its first days as a small family-owned contracting business in Preston almost 60 years ago, Forrest has grown into a trusted partner to the social and private housing sectors nationwide. Our latest contract win with Shoreline Housing Partnership is representative of the headway we’re making in extending our footprint across the UK and cements our position in the North East. Fostering long-term partnerships is the bedrock of our business and we look forward to working closely with Shoreline on their internal refurbishment works for the next four years.”
Many of the refurbishments include energy efficiency features to improve warmth and reduce tenant heating bills including new boilers, heating system upgrades and secure, modern windows and doors.
Shoreline will be liaising with tenants to choose bathroom and kitchen types.
All tenants in year one of the programme will receive written confirmation over the next few days.
Shoreline’s significant financial investment follows an earlier £52 million pound revamp of thousands of homes announced in 2005 when the housing provider initially took over the former council housing stock.