New kitchens in the Village
Published: Wed, 15 Aug 2012
As part of the ongoing regeneration of the Village area of South Belfast, we're replacing kitchens in 139 of our properties in a scheme costing over £580,000.
The existing kitchens have come to the end of their useful live and will be replaced with kitchens that will help bring the homes up to modern standards. The tenants were involved in the selection of their units, worktops and tiles. Plumbing and electrics will also be upgraded and smoke and heat detectors will be fitted or upgraded as required.
District Manager Liam Kinney explains, “As part of our wider regeneration plans for the Village we aim to transform these homes from the inside. We know the kitchen is the heart of a home but when it stops meeting the needs of the tenant the only option is to replace it and that’s really what’s happening here.
"We understand that this is important for our tenants so they will be involved in every aspect of the scheme from planning the layout and design of their new kitchen to selecting their units and worktop. We find this type of collaborative work not only brings great results but ensures that tenants get the kitchen they really want.”
Jim Potts, Community Sustainability Officer with Greater Village Regeneration Trust said, “Housing conditions in the Village have been well documented over the last few years but with the new homes underway and schemes like this being carried out by the Housing Executive it’s as if the lights are being turned back on. The place is coming back to life and will hopefully start to feel more like the Village used to be.”
PK Murphy is carrying out the work on behalf of the Housing Executive and scheme foreman Ollie McCreesh added, “We are fully committed to supplying a high quality product and service and believe we have backed this up with great customer care. We have no doubt this scheme will be as successful as previous ones and we’re sure the tenants involved will have a kitchen to be really proud of.”
Mr McShannock was one of the first tenants to get a new kitchen and he said “I’m so pleased with my new kitchen. Everyone did a really good job and the workmen were great and I would like to say a big thank you to them for their help and to the Housing Executive for my lovely new kitchen.”
The scheme has a contract value of £581,325. Kitchens will be replaced in the following locations:
- Benburb Street
- Donegall Avenue
- Donegall Road
- Ebor Street
- Frenchpark Street
- Kilburn Street
- Kitchener Street
- Pembrooke Street
- Rockview Street
- Tavanagh Street