Makeover for Bishop Auckland homes as part of £138m programme

24th November 2020

More than 100 homes in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland are receiving a major upgrade.

The work includes new roofs and replacing outdated pebbledash to vastly improve the appearance and efficiency of the homes. County Durham-based housing association believe housing is investing £2.1m in the project, part of a £138m 10-year home improvement programme across the region, which is being delivered by ENGIE.

Building Surveyor at believe housing, Daryl Reed, said: “The transformation is great, and these homes are now in a great shape to provide low-cost homes in Woodhouse Close for decades to come.

“Our work was disrupted during coronavirus pandemic but by working together with residents and everyone on site, we’ve been able to get the project underway while keeping everyone as safe as possible. Everyone I’ve spoken to has been really pleased with how the work is going.”

The refurbishments will make homes cheaper to run and ensure high-quality affordable housing provision in scores of communities stretching from rural Weardale to the coast.

Jonathan Horner, Refurbishment Director at ENGIE, said: “We’re delighted to see the benefits of another key milestone of this refurbishment programme with believe housing, which supports their ambition to future-proof and upgrade their estate.

“We’re now in year four of our 10-year partnership and it’s great to see the impact that these upgrades are having on residents, but there’s lots more to do and the continued investment and our work will ensure high-quality and sustainable homes for all believe housing’s residents across County Durham.”