Double glazing for Lower Ormeau and Stranmillis tenants
Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2012
109 of our tenants living in the Lower Ormeau and Stranmillis areas of South Belfast are getting brand new uPVC windows courtesy of a £280,000 improvement scheme.
Windows in a further 21 homes, which already have double glazing, will be serviced as part of the scheme.
Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland said, "Through the Programme for Government the Northern Ireland Executive has set an objective to have the Housing Executive improve the thermal efficiency of their housing stock and provide full double glazing by 2014/15. In recent months the Northern Ireland Executive has allocated an additional £4 million to help achieve that objective.
"Programmes like this in South Belfast show how decisions taken at the Executive table can have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in our communities. The installation of new double glazing not only makes the tenants’ homes more comfortable, but will help them reduce energy bills."
The 130 homes, which are a mixture of houses and bungalows, were built between 1901 and 1977 and we have upgraded them on a regular basis to ensure they continue to meet modern day standards.
South Belfast Assistant District Manager Francie Brown explains, “The windows being replaced in this scheme had come to the end of their useful life. By replacing them now tenants will not only benefit from greater energy efficiency and noise reduction but should take a step in the right direction towards lower heating costs.
“Our contractor, PK Murphy, will work closely with district office staff and residents throughout the whole process and I’m confident that this partnership will ensure that the high standards we all expect are achieved.”
Gerard Rice from LORAG added, “We’ve been liaising with staff in the District Office about the scheme for a while now so are pleased to see work getting underway. The new windows will certainly go a long way in improving individual homes but will also give the entire area a welcome boost.”
Patricia Breen who has lived in the area all her life was one of the first tenants to get new windows as part of the scheme and said, “I’m delighted with my new windows. Not only do they let in so much more light than the original ones but I’ve noticed that the house is far warmer - so hopefully I won’t have to have the heating on as much either!
“I would like to say a big thank you to my Housing Officer Anne Mathers and the workmen - they were really good with me and to be honest the benefits far outweigh any disruption there was while the windows were being installed.”
Work will be carried out on a phased basis to 130 homes at the following locations:
- Artana Street
- Balfour Avenue
- Cadogan Street
- Cooke Place
- Dromara Street
- Farnham Street
- Harleston Street
- Hatfield Street
- Ormeau Road
- Pretoria Street
- Rugby Avenue
- Rutland Street
- Sandhurst Gardens
- Sandymount Street
- Shaftesbury Avenue
- Southview Street
- Stranmillis Gardens and Park
- University Avenue