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4,000th home completed by Lovell

Sandwell Council is celebrating the refurbishment of a landmark 4,000th home as part of a £50 million package of repairs and improvements to council properties by contractors including Lovell.

Delighted Great Barr tenant Sandra Sidwell showed off improvements made to her home under the scheme to Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for regeneration.

Mrs Sidwell – who has lived in her Coleridge Road home for 26 years, with husband Robert – has benefited from nine new double-glazed windows, plus improvements to her roof and central heating system.

The house has also had new electrical rewiring and external wall insulation fitted.

Mrs Sidwell said: “Before the work was done, I couldn’t get the house warm unless the gas fire and central heating were both on.

“Now I only need the central heating on for a few hours a day – it’s never been warmer.

“The difference between before and after the improvements to my home has been staggering.”

The internal improvements  and refurbishment package is being carried out for the council by three construction partners: Lovell Partnerships, who completed the landmark 4,000th home, VINCI Facilities and Wates Living Space.

So far, the massive £50 million scheme which began in March 2014 has notched up an impressive scale of improvements including the repair or refurbishment of 2,302 bathrooms, 2,122 kitchens and 1,634 roofs.

A further 2,663 homes have had central heating work done and another 2,951 homes have been rewired.

By the end of February, another 500 homes will have been completed.

Councillor Paul Moore said: “I am pleased to celebrate the 4000th property to have received internal improvements since Sandwell Council started its latest investment programme in 2014.

“The reaction from tenants is extremely positive as the programme is not only improving peoples’ homes but the quality of their lives too, which is worth every pound the council is spending.”