Ards Peninsula tenants welcome home improvements

A tenant enjoys her new kitchen with staff from NIHE and the contractor.
Grainne Byers shows off her new kitchen to Housing Executive patch manager Steven Munn and Adrian McToal, from Engie. Fifty-seven homes benefited from a major upgrade, which included replacement bathrooms, in the Ards Peninsula scheme costing £500,000.

Mum of two Grainne Byers is over the moon with brand new renovations to her home - part of a major £500,000 Housing Executive investment on the Ards Peninsula.

Housing Executive tenants in 57 homes in Portaferry, Millisle, Ballywalter and Greyabbey, had their kitchens and bathrooms replaced as part of the modernisation scheme.

Homes in Portavogie, Kircubbin and Cloughey have also been upgraded.

Grainne, who lives at Beechwood Avenue, Portaferry, said: “I have an older Housing Executive house and the kitchen and bathroom were very worn and tired. 

“They really did need a pick-me-up and the refit has made a tremendous difference. I love cooking in my new kitchen for my two boys. We feel like we’ve moved into the modern world,” she added.

“As well as being lovely to look at, the kitchen and bathroom are so much easier to clean. I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fittings. 

“I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for all their hard work, I’m absolutely delighted.” 

Housing Executive patch manager for the area, Steven Munn, said: “Kitchen and bathroom remodelling can be a daunting but exciting event for our tenants. 
“Committed and professional workers have transformed these Housing Executive homes and delivered beautiful, functional and modern kitchens.  
“In particular, new wiring gives real peace of mind to our tenants that their homes will be fit for purpose for a very long time,” he said. 

“We’ve kept our tenants involved as part of the process. They’ve had had a one to one consultation with our staff to plan the layout of their new kitchen as well as choosing their own units and tiles. 

“The whole scheme was completed just before Christmas, slightly ahead of schedule, so was an early present for our tenants.
“Well done to all involved and a big thank you to our tenants for their patience and perseverance. Thanks, too, to principle contractor Engie and sub-contractor O’Hare’s for their hard work.”

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