Gentoo embarks on Decent Homes upgrades in Sunderland

GENTOO is embarking on a four-year programme of improvements to around 12,000 homes in Sunderland.

The programme represents an investment in ensuring the organisation’s housing stock continues to meet the Decent Homes standard. ENGIE’s regeneration business (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) and Novus Property Solutions have been appointed to carry out the works.

“Gentoo is committed to the continual investment in our customers’ homes,” said Conan McKinley, director of asset strategy. “The scope of works will include re-roofing, external wall repairs, replacement kitchens, wiring, bathrooms, windows and external doors across Gentoo’s stock. Working in partnership with ENGIE and Novus Property Solutions, Gentoo’s group board is committed to investing now, in an effort to future proof homes for our customers.”

Andrew McIntosh, regional managing director for ENGIE’s Places and Communities Division, said: “This is a sensitive but vital project, in which customer welfare is the utmost priority.

“Gentoo has a very clear and direct vision of ensuring their housing stock is fit for purpose and their customers are safe and happy. We have demonstrated our extensive abilities in this line of work and have the infrastructure in place to ensure we deliver a seamless and inclusive programme for Gentoo’s customers.

Phil Cuthbertson, operations manager at Novus, added: “We’ve worked across the North East for many years, supporting many of the region’s largest housing associations and we’re proud to have added Gentoo to that roster. We’re looking forward to building a strong relationship with the business over the coming years.”



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