A £20m project to refurbish hundreds of properties in South Gloucestershire has completed work at its 250th property.
Since 2013 Merlin has been working with housing specialists Keepmoat to install new external wall insulation to properties across the district. The partnership has now delivered its 250th improvement at the home of Jayne Rumney in Filton.
“I think it’s wonderful; I’m so grateful,” she said. “I could notice the difference straight away. The rooms stay warmer for longer. And I’m actually looking forward to this winter and hopefully having lower heating bills.
“The house looks absolutely wonderful from the outside as well. Now when I walk down the road I’m proud when I look at my house – I feel like the queen of the street. And it makes me want to take more care of my home, to keep everything looking so good.”
Project Manager Richard Hopkins said: “We’re delighted to have reached this important milestone in the project. In total we’re going to be fitting insulation to more than 1,000 properties and we’re now looking to increase the rate of improvements to more than 200 every year.
“We’re committed to improving the energy rating of our properties and giving customers a warmer home that is cheaper to heat. It’s great to hear comments from residents like Jayne who are already feeling the benefits of the work. We’ve had lots of comments from customers whose homes we improved last year saying that their energy bills over the winter were noticeably lower, which shows the difference we’re making to people’s lives.”
Adam Portman, Site Manager for Keepmoat said, “It’s been fantastic to see the difference these improvements have made to the local community, the homes have benefited from a facelift which has also made the homes more energy efficient.
“They will really begin to notice the change when winter comes and they the can see the positive effect on their fuel bills!”
The project is not only winning praise from residents, it’s also providing opportunities to young people. Working together with The Prince’s Trust, Touch Wood Enterprises and Young Gloucestershire, Merlin has run carpentry workshops for young people to make wooden shed doors for the project.
Over the course of the next year Merlin is aiming to improve more than 200 properties in Patchway, Little Stoke, Winterbourne and Cadbury Heath.