A £4.4m regeneration project to improve the look and feel of a housing estate in Chesterfield is now complete.
Properties on the Grangewood estate have benefitted from a major facelift as part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s commitment to providing quality affordable housing across the borough and create modern, attractive places for people to live.
As part of the project Birchwood Court, Grangewood Court, Longcroft Court, Thorntree Court and Stockwell Court have all undergone extensive internal and external improvements. This included fully redecorating the communal areas including the upgrade of lighting and electrical installations to make the areas lighter and brighter for residents, fitting new secure entrance doors to all blocks, and the installation of new fire rated doors to each individual flat.
The external render and roof coverings on each block of flats have also been replaced and concrete repairs have been carried out on communal stairwells to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors.
In response to the climate emergency that was declared last July, the council is committed to ensuring that its existing housing stock is as energy efficient as possible. As part of this commitment, the windows and insulation in each property and all communal areas have also been upgraded to improve the thermal efficiency of the homes.
Landscaping works have been completed across the whole estate with existing footpaths being renewed to help improve access around the estate and to each property. Improvements have also been made to street lighting to help create a brighter space for residents and visitors.
Fencing has been installed to enclose each of the outside communal areas to ensure that local families have an outdoor space that they can enjoy safely.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We’re really pleased that the works on the Grangewood Estate are complete. A key part of our housing strategy is to ensure that our homes are of excellent quality and that we create attractive, modern places that people to choose to live and we feel that this has been achieved through this project as it has improved the whole look and feel of the estate.
“Before works started, we consulted with our tenants and their feedback has been taken in to account to ensure that homes in the area meet their expectations and housing needs.”
Despite the challenges following the outbreak of Covid-19, the council’s main contractor, Fortem Solutions Ltd. has continued to work safely on site to ensure that the project could be delivered on time.
James Taylor, Contracts Manager at Fortem, said: “We are tremendously proud of this project, it has truly been a collaborative effort by all parties to make a significant improvement to the area.
“As part of our commitment to inspiring a legacy in the areas we work, we have been overwhelmed with community projects local to Grangewood and have been delighted to support these whilst delivering works.
“Despite the disruption of Covid-19, the scheme has been delivered on time due to the huge efforts of our site team and supply chain partners, whilst ensuring safety remained an absolute priority. We are confident that the long-term benefits of these improvements will continue to be felt by the residents for years to come.”