Pavements and paths leading to hundreds of homes in Brandon are receiving a £530,000 makeover thanks to County Durham Housing Group.
Work is currently taking place in Stack Garth, High Shaws, Sycamore Park and Holly Park as part of a £138m, 10-year investment programme that will transform thousands of affordable homes.
Properties in Croft Rigg, Willow Close, Bell Meadow and White Cedars have already benefited from the footpath improvement works. In total County Durham Housing Group is investing £750,000 in footpaths in the Brandon area during 2018/19. As well as improving access and safety, the new surfacing is making a major difference to the appearance of the neighbourhood.
Work to fencing and footpaths features alongside major upgrades to insulation, fitting new roofs, plus installing new kitchens, bathrooms or heating systems in the programme, which will benefit homes stretching from rural Weardale to the Durham coast.
The group has more than 18,500 affordable homes across the county and also has a 545-home new-build programme. More than 100 properties have already been completed, and construction is underway on sites in Bowburn, Peterlee and Bishop Auckland.
County Durham Housing Group Managing Quantity Surveyor, Stephen Clarke, said: “We’re carrying out huge changes to the interior and exterior of thousands of homes as part of this investment programme. It’d be easy to forget the important role that upgrading and improving the safety of access to the homes plays too.
“We’ve been working closely with residents to minimise disruption and will be completing the upgrade as quickly as possible.”
The refurbishments are being carried out in partnership with specialist contractors ENGIE.
ENGIE was awarded the £138m contract by the group following a competitive bidding process based on value for money and quality. The company, formerly known as Keepmoat Regeneration, has a long and successful track record of working in the area and extensive experience of delivering major projects, while minimising disturbance to residents.