Council housing blocks to get £11m refurbishment
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
Four West Bromwich tower blocks are to get facelifts as part of an £11 million refurbishment programme.
Sandwell Council's regeneration of the blocks on the Charlemont Farm estate - Beaconview, Broome, Stanton and Sheapcoate Houses - marks the start of its £490 million investment scheme.
The buildings are to receive insulated external render, new roofs, improved front and rear entrances, new lifts, replacement doors and windows, redecorated floors, walls, and ceilings in communal areas, and improvements to landscaping and parking.
Councillor Ian Jones, cabinet member for jobs and economy, met with chairs of two local tenants and residents associations, local ward councillors on site to mark the start of the refurbishment programme.
He said: “This is excellent news for the tenants, who have been waiting for a number of years for these improvements, following the government scrapping of the decent homes programme and the withdrawal of £26m for Sandwell.
“It’s particularly good news for the two tenants and residents associations who have been working hard to encourage support and agreement for these eagerly awaited works to start."
Councillor Maria Crompton, cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “I think the architects have come up with some eye catching designs that will make the most of the four blocks and the surrounding area, taking into account the residents’ aspirations for the estate.
“The feedback from the tenants in the blocks has been overwhelmingly in support of this project and they are so excited about the prospect of work now beginning.”
Housing refurbishment specialist Lovell has been appointed as the contractors for the two-year project.
Rob Moore, partnership manager for Lovell, said: “Lovell has extensive expertise in high-rise refurbishment projects and have been working in Sandwell since 2004, so we are pleased to be continuing our partnership with Sandwell Council."