Major upgrade for Crook homes

7 May 2019 - Latest news

More than 200 affordable houses in Crook are set to receive substantial improvements as part of a £138m programme.

New roofs will be fitted to 220 properties in Crook by believe housing as the latest part of a huge upgrade programme along with new fences, re-pointing and some parking improvements. The work is designed to improve energy efficiency, make the homes cheaper to run for tenants and ensure high-quality affordable home provision in Crook for decades to come.

Homes in Larchfield Gardens, Laurel Gardens, Lilac Gardens, Roseberry Crescent, Sycamore Gardens and West End Villas are all set to receive the improvement works.

Work is due to start imminently and will take approximately five months to complete. The refurbishment is being carried out in partnership with specialist contractors ENGIE.

Investment Programme Manager for believe housing, Kim Tillotson, said: “This work will be a major upgrade for all of the homes involved. We’ll be tailoring what we do to each individual property to ensure that they are safe and comfortable for many years to come.

“We’ll be working closely with tenants and our contractors ENGIE to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum during the refurbishment.”

Hundreds of homes in Bearpark, Brandon, Croxdale, and Peterlee have already received upgrades as part of the 10-year programme by believe housing, which was formerly known as County Durham Housing Group.

ENGIE was awarded the £138m contract by believe housing 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.

As well as investing heavily in existing properties, believe housing recently completed 40 new-build homes in West End Villas. The mix of affordable bungalows and family houses represents a £4.2m investment in the area. The development includes 14 two-bedroomed bungalows, a pair of three-bedroomed bungalows, 14 two-bedroomed houses and four three-bedroomed houses, making it the largest site yet completed in believe housing’s 700 home construction programme.

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