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215 Banbridge homes to get double glazing

Published: Mon, 21 Jul 2014
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We are fitting double glaxing in 7,800 homes across Northern Ireland
Tenant Sarah Milne is delighted with her new windows
Housing Executive tenants in Banbridge are set to benefit from new contracts worth £17.5m that will ensure all Housing Executive homes are double glazed by 2015.
Work is due to start in August on 215 homes with an investment of nearly £350,000 as the Housing Executive continues with its programme of double glazing schemes across Northern Ireland.  Windows will be fitted across the area across Banbridge town including the Cline Road area, Primrose Gardens, Reilly Court, Iveagh Estate, Huntley Bungalows and some rural dwellings.  The Housing Executive will be working with their contractors to install the windows right through until mid-March 2015.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said, “I welcome the fact that the contracts are in place and work has started again on the double glazing programme to meet the Programme for Government commitment to install double glazing in all Housing Executive homes by the end of March next year.
“This is excellent news for tenants across Northern Ireland. Families will benefit greatly from the work which will ensure they are provided with more comfortable and warmer homes."
Mags Lightbody, acting Chief Executive, said, “We have worked hard to ensure that we deliver the Minister for Social Development’s commitment to provide double glazing in all our properties by the end of March next year.
“I am delighted our double glazing programme is now underway. The tenants who live in these homes are amongst the first of just over 7,800 households to benefit from this programme.
“It will be a major boost for our residents living in those homes. By replacing them now, tenants should benefit from greater energy efficiency, noise reduction as well as lower heating costs.   
“This is a new start for the Housing Executive. We have new contracts in place, not only for our double glazing but also for our major improvement schemes. This year we have £90million to spend on improving our tenants’ homes.”
The Housing Executive’s programme involves 58 schemes and includes around 7,800 homes. During the course of the contracts, contractors will liaise with residents and the Housing Executive to ensure the work achieves the high standards set and expected.