Home is where the heart is

We know it’s important for you to have a home that’s safe, modern and well maintained. Each year we invest millions into improving homes and neighbourhoods, so that you feel proud of the place where you live.

In the last financial year (to end March 2019) we spent £23 million on planned improvements to homes and neighbourhoods, as well as £17.5 million on reactive repairs and maintenance.

Here’s a look at some of the work we did.

Heating: We spent £3 million improving heating systems in 1,585 homes, including fitting new boilers and radiators.

Electrics: £1.7 million was spent on electrical improvements such as re-wiring. We’re also part way through a five-year electrical testing programme to check the wiring in homes. It helps us to identify priorities and target investment in the right places to make sure your home keeps up with the requirements of modern day living.

External refurbishment: £2 million was spent on improving the outside of 406 homes. This has improved the overall look of the properties, as well as making them wind and water tight.

Fire safety: The safety of you and your family is a priority for us. Last year we spent £2.2 million improving fire safety in our buildings. This included fitting 416 fire doors as well as communal doors and fire alarms.

Windows and doors: We fitted 730 new doors and 99 windows. Our window ‘MOT’ programme has meant that we can do more for less! We’ve found that some windows benefit from new parts rather than a replacement.

Adaptations: Each year, we re-model a number of homes to suit people with disabilities. Last year, we spent £1.2 million adapting 253 homes by fitting walk-in showers and stairlifts, widening doors, carrying out building work and fitting other features to help residents stay in their homes.

Environmental work: We understand that the overall look of our neighbourhoods is important too. We’ve invested £1.1 million into a range of environmental improvements, including new fencing.

We also continued with kitchen and bathroom replacements where these have not been replaced before.

Get in touch

We’re looking at how to get more of you involved in the way we improve your home. Watch out for more information in upcoming editions of Tap4. In the meantime, if you have any questions you can ring us on 01204 328033 or email: assetmanagement@boltonathome.org.uk

To find out what’s being planned in your neighbourhood, visit boltonathome.org.uk/improvements, where you can add your address and search for information.

Green heat

An ambitious project is underway at Green Lane in Horwich, which will see up to 85 homes fitted with the very latest, environmentally friendly, renewable heat technology.

Heat pumps, which are fitted externally to the property, work by extracting energy from the outside air, to warm radiators inside the property, even in sub-zero temperatures. As well as being good for the environment, the pumps will be much more efficient to run – making fuel bills cheaper.

Residents living at Green Lane will be among the first in Greater Manchester to benefit from this new technology. A series of consultation events with the local community have taken place, which generated huge interest and excitement in this pilot project. Work is due to be completed by the end of March. The project has been supported through funding from the Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund. We’ll monitor how much fuel bills reduce as we’d like to do more of this type of work in the future.

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