Torus estates in Kirkdale and Everton in Liverpool are to receive a £2.2 million package of works to enhance the appearance of the estate and improve 292 tenant’s homes.
The areas, which are made up of blocks of flats, will receive improvements to roofs, windows, external painting to render and railings. Flats on the Rumney Whitehall estate will also benefit from new External Wall Insulation (EWI) which not only looks great, but helps keep properties warm, keeps rising heating bills in check and reduces the carbon footprint of the property too.
As the region’s largest provider of affordable homes, we know that many tenants are experiencing real hardship because of the pandemic. Maximising income by reducing fuel poverty is a priority for Torus and we’re actively looking at a range of ways to help.
Torus Project Manager, Dave Smith, said:
“We hope that the works not only improve the look of the area for residents, but by improving the windows and insulation we can reduce heat loss from the home and help to save residents money on their fuel bills.,
“We know that COVID-19 has placed a financial strain on many tenants. Hopefully, solutions like this which can significantly reduce energy bills will make a big difference.”
“It is also hoped that the works will humanely tackle the on-going issue of pigeons, which currently roost on deep sills from the existing 1980s render, causing mess and a nuisance to residents.”
Torus Group Investment Manager, James Doran, added:
“Torus is keen to listen to its residents and it was clear that it was time to tackle their concerns about where they live.
“We hope that this £2.2m investment will finally rectify the issues on these estates as ultimately we want to make these estates a nicer place to live for the existing residents and in turn make them more appealing so new tenants in the future.”
The works, which start in December 2020 are being completed by Torus contract partner, HMS and are expected to be finished in the Summer.