River Clyde invests £14m to upgrade homes
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Inverclyde-based River Clyde Homes says it will spend over £1 million a month to upgrade homes.
Just under £14m will be spent on internal and external improvements to over 2,000 homes across Inverclyde, so that the association hits its 2014/15 target of having 90% of properties meeting the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS).
Back in 2007, less than 5% of the stock met the SHQS, while in 2013 it exceeded 74%.
Fiona Campbell, head of business resilience, said: "This is a significant investment in properties to bring them to the SHQS. Energy bills remain a concern for many tenants and we are doing what we can to make homes fuel efficient."
As well as external works, 325 homes will receive new kitchens and bathrooms. Heating upgrades and system replacements will cost almost £1.5m and help alleviate fuel poverty, while £340,000 will be spent on aids and adaptations to help tenants remain in their own homes.
Work is already underway on an investment of £500,000 in the Highholm area of Port Glasgow and an additional £750,000 for external and landscaping works in the town’s Slaemuir area brings the total spent in that neighbourhood in the last two years to almost £1.4m. The Greenock Central area will have over £2m spent on external improvements and close painting while the John Street neighbourhood has been designated a regeneration area and is in line for major investment works worth £680,000.
Work will begin this year on another regeneration area as a long-term, multi-million pound programme kicks off to change the face of Broomhill in Greenock.
The photo shows recent investment works in Port Glasgow.