£13m funding boost to make more homes modern warm and watertight

Posted on Wednesday 21st January 2015

London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Tower Hamlets Homes have received an extra £13.27M from the GLA to make 917 more homes decent by March 2016.

These homes are scattered throughout the borough and are part of a wider decent homes programme that has already seen more than 5,000 homes made Decent. In 2015/16, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the GLA will invest a further £36M to bring the total number of homes made Decent to over 9,000. 

The programme for 2015/16 includes notable landmarks, such as Grade II listed Boundary Estate (the first purpose built social housing estate in the country), Brodick House, Bentworth Court, Yates House and completing work on the Cranbrook Estate.

This will fund works to make it cheaper and easier for residents to heat their homes and extend the overall life of the building.  It includes new roofs, new double glazed windows, new fire resistant and secure by design front doors for tenants, as well as redecorating common areas and giving the outside of their blocks a spruce up.

The decent homes programme has already made a massive difference to residents’ lives. Resident Ms Rahela Begumsaid:  “Our new kitchen and bathroom are great. The work was completed to a really high quality and they made every effort to minimise disruption. It’s made a huge difference to our lives.”

Gavin Cansfield, Tower Hamlets Homes Chief Executive said “This has been the largest investment in public housing in Tower Hamlets for a generation.The GLA makes these funding decisions on the basis of need and capacity to deliver.  In the four years we have been making residents’ homes decent we have met or exceeded all of the targets set by the GLA.The funding boost is another endorsement of Tower Hamlets Homes’ ability to deliver housing improvements in one on London’s most deprived boroughs.”

Posted on Wednesday 21st January 2015