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£1m home improvements approach completion

2 September 2021 - Latest news

Affordable homes in a Bishop Auckland are undergoing a major makeover to improve their energy efficiency and appearance.

A total of 77 homes in the Woodhouse Close and West Auckland areas are being upgraded by County Durham-based believe housing as part of a huge programme to improve existing properties.

The homes in Irvin Avenue, Murphy Crescent, Price Avenue, Ramsey Crescent and Robson Road are all receiving new roofs and loft insulation to bring them up to the latest standards. The work will help to cut energy bills for residents and reduce emissions. At the same time, structural work has been carried out, including re-rendering to make the homes more attractive as part of a £1m investment by the not-for-profit housing association.

Further work in the Bishop Auckland area has seen improvements to fencing in Archer Avenue, Brooklands, Crawford Close and Douthwaite Road.

All of the work is being carried out as part of believe housing’s £138m home improvement programme. The project will ensure high-quality affordable housing provision in scores of communities stretching from rural Weardale to the Durham coast. The refurbishments are being carried out in partnership with specialist contractors EQUANS, the new name for Regeneration and Services specialists ENGIE.

Building Surveyor at believe housing, Daryl Reed, said: “This upgrade is designed to make the homes more efficient and ensure that they can provide a comfortable and affordable place to live for many years to come.

“The transformation is great and I know that our customers are really pleased with the work being done too.”

Alan Maskell, Refurbishment Director at EQUANS, said: “The EQUANS team is delighted to be working closely with believe housing to upgrade homes for the benefit of their customers across County Durham.

“As well as reducing bills by making their homes more energy efficient, the works, where required, have given a facelift to the external façade which, along with the new roofs, gives the programme an impressive aesthetic makeover

“We look forward to continuing our works in communities across the region as part of our long-standing refurbishment contract with believe housing, which has already seen thousands of homes given high-quality modernisation works.”

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