750 Renfrewshire residents to benefit from heating upgrade.

Up to 750 council homes in Renfrewshire are to benefit from a package of heating upgrades.

In the latest phase of a major £138m housing improvement programme, a contract has been awarded to national housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat, and Renfrewshire Council building services to carry out the heating improvements.

Over five years, the programme will bring all of the council’s 13,000 properties up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) with a major programme of internal and external improvements.

Keepmoat

This next phase of work will continue the programme of upgrading electric storage heating systems to gas central heating.

Keepmoat has been working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council on the SHQS investment for the past three years delivering 2,500 kitchen, bathroom and rewiring upgrades, external works to 900 main door properties and 1,500 central heating upgrades. Overall the programme has delivered over 7,750 kitchen, bathroom and rewiring upgrades and 4,500 central heating upgrades to date.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The heating upgrade programme is a key part of this massive investment in our council homes. Now we are nearing the final stretch of the SHQS programme a big focus will be on the heating upgrades so our tenants will benefit from modernised, more energy efficient and cost-effective systems.”

As well as the tenants directly benefitting from new heating systems, the wider community is also benefitting from the council’s partnership with Keepmoat.

Significant community benefits have also been delivered as part of the partnership, including the employment of 47 local residents, work experience placements, local football sponsorships, community days and refurbishing kitchens in sheltered housing complexes.

Keepmoat Regional Director Eamonn McGarvey commented “Keepmoat together with the council is working hard to bring a warm feeling to people across Renfrewshire, not only by improving homes but working with local residents to deliver regeneration that works.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.