Investing in your home

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Our plans to invest

Keeping your house in a good, safe condition is important to us

Unitas is responsible for spending the housing rent money on improving the council-owned houses in the city.

Our investment programme is based upon the findings of our Asset Management Strategy and results from stock condition surveys and stock options appraisals. Every year we spend approximately £20m a number of different improvement programmes.

These improvement programmes can vary from a programme of kitchen replacements or central heating and boiler upgrades, to a full estate scheme of works, which includes new roofs, pointing, front and rear doors and external works to pathways and gates as well as kitchens, bathrooms, boilers and smoke alarms.

The key aim is to ensure that your home stays in a good, safe condition for you to live in.

Leaseholders

Information for Leaseholders

A leaseholder is defined as someone who has bought a flat or maisonette for which the city council retains the freehold. The council retains the freehold and is therefore the leaseholder’s landlord who has a legal duty to make sure that both parties (the city council and the leaseholder) keep to their respective obligations, as set out in the lease and provided by statute. For example, the city council is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the building that the leaseholders’ homes are in, together with all shared areas and grounds (known as the common parts) and services subject to the leaseholders paying a proportionate amount towards the cost of such works.

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Leaseholder - Five Year Investment Programme

This investment programme is an indicative plan reporting on stock data at the time of publication and is subject to change year on year.

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Home improvement programme

Committed to keeping your home safe

If your home is going to be included in an improvement programme, you will be allocated a Customer Liaison Advisor who will be in contact with you to provide you with the following information:

Works to be carried out

Who is carrying out the works

How long the works will take

How to prepare your home before work starts

Upcoming projects

City Wide

Start date: June 2020

We are installing level access showers, ramps and stair lifts to approx. 150 properties across the city to improve facilities for our non-able bodied residents.

Sneyd Green Estate

Start date: 20/07/20

Work is being undertaken on the Sneyd Green estate re-laying pathways and rebuilding walls at the front and rear of approx. 100 properties.re-roofing, new loft insulation, Installation of SEWI (structural external wall insulation) and render façade system, replacement external doors, renewal of external lighting, installation of hardwired smoke alarms, installation of kitchen and bathroom extraction fans, and remedial repairs.

Smallthorne

Start date: 27/07/2020

Improvement works to 100 properties on Newford Estate in Smallthorne at the end of August, some of the works include: scaffolding the properties, asbestos surveys & removal,
re-roofing, new loft insulation, Installation of SEWI (structural external wall insulation) and render façade system, replacement external doors, renewal of external lighting, installation of hardwired smoke alarms, installation of kitchen and bathroom extraction fans, and remedial repairs.

Norton

Start date: 28/09/2020

Improvement works on bungalows in Norton, including re-roofing,
window and door replacement, new loft insulation, soffit replacement,
facias, guttering, accessibility alterations, and pointing to brickwork.

Meir Landscaping

Start date: 05/10/2020

Installing car parking to help with congestion on the roads. Moving the bin stores from the rear of the property to the front.  The area is divided into 3 sections A) 45-55 Tawney Crescent. B) Brookwood Drive C) Lansbury Grove. 

Completed projects

Crosswall Houses

Location(s):

Barks Drive - Norton

Works:

These projects are typically completed to a row or street of properties at a time. The type of works that are completed on crosswall house projects can include roofing, soffits, facias, guttering, wall insulation cladding, windows and external doors.

Bungalow Energy Efficiency Improvements

Location(s):

Farrington Close - Norton, Winchester Avenue - Bentilee, Heathcote Road & Foley Road - Longton,
Telford Way, Mill Hill Crescent & Waverney Walk - Tunstall, Royston Walk - Longton, Field View - Weston Coyney

Works:

These projects are typically completed to a row or street of properties at a time. The type of works that are completed on bungalow energy efficiency improvement projects can include soffits, facias, guttering, wall insulation cladding, windows and external doors.

Meir Landscaping

Location(s):

Meir

Works:

Following previous estate project works being carried out, the 6 blocks of flats at Meir had the landscaping refurbished. The type of works that was completed on landscaping project included new bin store area, fence and rail painting, car parking, planting and pavements.

Estate Projects

Location(s):

Weston Coyney
Newford

Works:

Estate projects are designed to complete works to a whole area of homes at the same time and will ensure all necessary refurbishments in the house is renewed. The type of works that are completed on estate projects can include soffits, facias, guttering, roofing, external doors, coach lamps, pointing, kitchens, bathrooms, central heating and rewires.

Bungalow Improvements

Location(s):

Northwood Streets including Botany Bay Road Cardwell Street, Giles Walk, Lockley Street, Rose Street, Tasman Square & Torres Walk.
Holden Lane Streets including Ralph Drive & Rosemary Place.
Burslem Streets including Margaret Street.

Works:

These projects are typically completed to a row or street of properties at a time, the type of works that are completed on bungalow improvement projects can include soffits, facias, guttering & wall insulation cladding.

Car Parking Projects

Location(s):

Aveling Green - Sneyd Green,
Sunorne Place - Bucknell,
Hollybush

Works:

Car parking projects are designed to ease the flow of traffic on neighbourhood streets and provide much needed car parking spaces to residents in the area. The type of works that are completed on car parking projects can include using existing pieces of land and turning these into much needed car parking spaces. Plant, trees and shrubs are sometimes planted on bigger projects.

Fire stopping works in 6 blocks of flats

Location(s):

Downfield Place - Milton,
Newcastle Street - Burslem,
Witchford Crescent - Newstead

Works:

Fire stopping works are a continuation of previous works being carried out to blocks of flats. The type of works that are completed on fire stopping in the 6 blocks of flats can include the fitting of FD30 rated fire doors, fire breaks in the roof areas and compartmentation in the communal areas.

Meir Blocks include Beveridge Close, Blatchford Close, Bondfield Way, Burns Row, Clynes Way, Farmwood Close, Henderson Grove, Lansbury Grove, Odger Close, Snowden Way & Tawney Crescent.

New Parking Scheme

Location(s):

Marlow Road - Longton

Works:

24 parking spaces altogether, with dropped kerbs outside properties 13-23 and 57-67 Marlow Road. 3 will be disabled parking bays. Some soft landscaping work will be done too.

Apartment remodelling

Location(s):

Seddon Court,
Lindop Court,
St Lukes Court

Works:

Apartment remodelling has been introduced to make better use of the space in flats. The type of works that are completed in the apartment remodelling works can include full flat refurbishment, remodel and replacement of the kitchen and bathroom, electrical and smoke alarm system upgrade, replacement heating and hot water system, flooring renewal, replastering and redecoration.

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