A few days ago I met with North Lincolnshire Homes, the main social landlord in North Lincolnshire, to learn more about their home improvement scheme.
I visited the Trent View House improvement scheme so see the differences which were being made to residents, and also to look at how the outward aesthetics of the building have also been much improved.
For those of you not familiar with the area the Trent View House flats are a 13 story structure situated on the west cliff of Scunthorpe and visible for miles around. Their location makes them very effective as a relay station with lines of site from Doncaster and Hull they allow telecoms companies situated there to “jump” over the ridge on which Scunthorpe is situated.
Photograph on the right shows Trent View prior to the work commencing. Photo courtesy of North Lincs Homes.
For many years now Trent View has been some what of an eye sore, and badly in need of refurbishment both inside and out. I visited Trent View to find out what had been done to improve the quality of flats there fore tenants, as part of North Lincs Homes £162Million home improvement scheme.
The works on Trent View are expected to cost £1.7 Million, and will see replacement windows, bathrooms and kitchens being flitted in all NLH flats as well as the external wall insulation being applied to all flats. A spokesperson from North Lincs Homes said “The new external wall insulation will improve the energy efficiency of the building – keeping homes warmer and saving tenants money whilst being greener for the environment. The building will benefit from a new entrance foyer and environmental works.”
NL Homes would expect the work to be completed by the end of 2011.
Certainly with the external improvements made to the building Trent View House no longer looks the rust covered blot on the landscape which visitors to the town would see, but is now a clean tidy respectable looking block of high rise housing which has been brought up to a modern standard and provides suitable facilities for its residents.
Photo on the right shows the view looking from Trent View House over Scunthorpe's WestCliff Estate, and out towards the Trent.
As I said earlier, this is just part of a much larger home improvement scheme which has seen the former housing stock on estates around the town much improved since coming under the control of North Lincs Homes. Former council houses on Westcliff, Riddings, Avenue Vivian, Lincoln Gardens, Everest Road and Warley Road estates have all seen similar improvement programs over the last few years, greatly improving the quality of social housing in the area from what it was previously.While Personally I believe that councils should be responsible for the building of affordable council houses and flats, I must commend the efforts of North Lincs Homes in taking what was a sub standard housing stock and turning it into homes which are fit for purpose for both working and vulnerable families, another accomplishment of which the town should be proud.
The following video has been put together by The Hamst showing some of the many improvements made by North Lincs Homes to the former council housing stock in the Scunthorpe / North Lincs area, I’m sure readers will agree that this is money well spent benefiting NLHomes residents and the wider public alike in the manner in which these schemes are improving and enhancing our built environment in a positive way
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