Wates refurbish over 2500 homes in Thurrock

THURROCK residents are benefitting from the refurbishment of over 2,500 properties across the borough by Wates Living Space Maintenance as part of the Council’s £68m Transforming Homes programme to refurbish every council home in Thurrock.

The six year housing refurbishment programme commenced in 2013 and will see over 10,300 properties upgraded by contract close in March 2018. This includes the refurbishment of kitchens and bathrooms, electrical upgrades, boiler replacements, heating renewal, damp remedial works, roof renewal, structural repairs, external door replacements and window repairs.

This will not only bring the properties up to a high standard but will significantly enhance energy efficiency, enabling residents to save money on their fuel bills.

To mark this Transforming Homes programme milestone, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing visited the 2,500th completed refurbished property,

presenting the resident with flowers.

Miss Corina Chaplin, resident of the 2,500th refurbished property, commented: “I am very happy with my newly refurbished kitchen and bathroom. I would like to say thank you to Thurrock Council and Wates Living Space for the fantastic work they have done, these works have really improved my home and our quality of life.”

Cllr Lynn Worrall, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Thurrock Council, said: “The Transforming Homes programme is an example of how Thurrock Council is investing in its housing stock and improving the life of our residents right across the borough.

"The programme is ambitious but we are working with our housing partners and delivering on our promise. Visiting this property in South Ockendon to see the work at completion stage shows that our homes are not only improved to the national decent homes standards they are transformed far above this.”

David Morgan, Managing Director, Wates Living Space Maintenance, said: “This investment by Thurrock Council has enabled us to inject new life into 2,500 properties over the last three years, improving energy efficiency and bringing them in line with modern requirements. It is extremely rewarding to be able to transform these homes into places that people can really enjoy living, ultimately serving to enhance the quality of life for residents.”

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