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Earls Barton homes get an energy makeover

Fifteen families from Earls Barton have benefited from a Wellingborough Homes project to transform their homes, Earls Barton tenantsdelivered in partnership with refurbishment contractor, Lovell.

The properties are now ‘wrapped’ in a highly insulated weather resistant skin, thanks to an innovative solution using specially shaped insulation panels and modern thin render. 

The work means the properties, located in Manor Road and Whitworth Crescent, now have an extended economic life with the added advantage of being more energy efficient for residents.

Patrick Nesbitt, has lived in his current home for 29 years. The 67 year old said: “The workmen were excellent and did a thorough job. You can already feel a real difference in the temperature inside, and at the end of the day the disturbance has been all worth while

“We wanted to stay in our home, and now it looks like a new street. Visitors are commenting how bright it all looks. It has made a real difference.”

To complement the external work, Lovell also made kitchen, heating and electrical improvements to the properties. New windows were installed, brick walls and gates replaced and the rear outhouses re-roofed.

In addition, thanks to the tenant monitoring panel finding out that the Highways Agency was resurfacing pavements in the area, four residents chose to have a driveway installed.

Byron Pountney, Strategic Contracts Manager at Wellingborough Homes, said: “In the last four years, and in line with the promises made to our tenants, we have invested over £85m in our housing stock, funding raised primarily through private finance. As well as the economic benefits of this investment and the jobs it has created we are also ensuring that our assets are protected for the longer-term benefit of Wellingborough’s residents for years to come.

David Gough, regional director of Lovell in the Midlands, said:  “This was an excellent opportunity to explore some innovative technologies in order to find the right solution for this project. Seeing residents so happy at the end of the project makes it all worthwhile. We look forward to continuing our work with Wellingborough Homes in the future.”

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