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Residents at West Circular get new kitchens

Published: Fri, 3 Dec 2010
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The scheme is worth over £300k
HMO fire regulations kitchen
76 tenants in the West Circular area are getting brand new kitchens courtesy of a scheme costing over £300,000.
The homes involved were built between 1930 and 1965 and have been upgraded by us on a regular basis.  As part of this scheme new kitchens are being installed and samples of the different types of units, worktops and tiles will be available to help tenants choose their new kitchen.
Electrical and plumbing installations are being upgraded as part of the scheme, including the provision of a new cooker hood and extra sockets for appliances like washing machines and tumble dryers. New floor covering will also be provided and mains-wired smoke alarms fitted in homes that don’t already have one.
The Housing Executive and its contractor PK Murphy are committed to ensuring that residents are kept fully involved at all stages of the process and to this end a Customer Service Manager has been employed by PK Murphy to work alongside district office staff.  One to one consultation will be carried out by the Customer Service Manager prior to work starting and an Information Booklet will also be issued along with a 24-hour helpline number in case of out of hours queries.
Karen Rankin, our Assistant District Manager for the area, welcomed the scheme, saying, “It’s important that tenants homes are able to cater for all aspects of modern day living and we believe that the provision of high quality new kitchens is an excellent way of achieving this.  
"In addition to the provision of a high quality kitchen we are keen to ensure that the service provided before, during and after installation is also of the highest quality. I’m confident that with District Office staff working in close co-operation with the contractor this will be achieved.”
Eunan McCourt from PK Murphy added, “We are delighted to be working with the Housing Executive on this scheme.  As with all our contracts we will be aiming for 100% satisfaction and will work closely with residents, both in the run up to work starting and while it is underway, so this can be achieved. ”
Kathleen Ashe was one of the first tenants to a new kitchen as part of the scheme and she said, “Like a lot of people the kitchen is the heart of my home and having a new kitchen has made all the difference to me.  I’m so pleased that I was able to pick my own worktops and units as they blend in with the rest of the house and reflect my own personal taste.
“It always causes a bit of upheaval getting work like this done but the workmen took great care and it was well worth it.”
Community representative and Housing Community Network member Cecil Lemon commented, “I was delighted to hear that the scheme was starting.  This is a big investment by the Housing Executive in the area and I can see that the kitchens being provided are of the highest quality and will certainly make a different to the tenants involved.”