A Sunderland housing provider has embarked on an £8 million programme to replace the windows in over 4,000 of its homes in the city.
Gentoo Group, which manages more than 28,000 social rented properties overall, is delivering what it says will be a comprehensive programme to install new uPVC double-glazed windows in a number of estates.
The works will make homes warmer, decrease tenants’ heating costs and reduce noise.
“We know that many of our tenants have been waiting for several years for their windows to be replaced so we’re thrilled to be able to start this work,” said Nigel Wilson, Gentoo’s group chief executive. “Gentoo has committed £300 million to improve our existing homes and neighbourhoods and this is the first of many exciting projects in that programme.”
The programme forms part of Gentoo’s 2019-24 Business Plan that will see £300 million invested in existing homes and neighbourhoods over the next five years.
Other projects will include fire risk works, external painting, environmental improvements, and repairs and maintenance services.
The work is being delivered by the housing maintenance team at Kier Specialist Services. The company’s managing director, David Mawson said: “We are delighted to partner with Gentoo to replace the windows across their estate in Sunderland. These improvements will help tenants improve the energy efficiency of their homes, save money on their heating bills and future proof the properties for years to come.”
It will take approximately three years to complete the programme.