HUNDREDS of homes owned by North East Derbyshire District Council are set to benefit from a major investment programme starting this summer.
The work is part of an ambitious project to secure a long term future for council properties built using non-traditional construction methods.
The work is designed to make the homes warmer and more energy efficient by tackling the problem of poor insulation. It will also address structural problems which have recently been identified.
The improvement programme will initially focus on a total of 213 ‘Trusteel’ properties located on the Adlington Estate in Wingerworth, Holmgate in Clay Cross and a small number in Grassmoor.
Trusteel homes are built around an internal steel frame with an external brick ‘skin’. The steel frames are prone to rust, especially at ground level.
Recent technical surveys undertaken by the council and Rykneld Homes have shown the Trusteels are in need of remedial works in the near future. The work will involve over-cladding the properties to make them warmer, and carrying out maintenance work to the steel frame structures.
Cllr Betty Hill, Member with responsibility for Housing, said: “Investing in the future of our council homes is a key priority for us. We are looking ahead and planning for the future to make sure we can provide high quality homes that suit the needs of local people and that will be fit for years to come.”
Similar regeneration schemes on non-traditional properties have been successfully undertaken in other parts of the country.
Tenants have been informed about the improvement works required.