Work starts on £2.2m upgrade

From left, Coun John Riddle, Andrew Jude of Westdale Services, Coun Mark Swinburn and Laura Graham, of Northumberland County Council, with the award for the Allerhope pilot scheme.
From left, Coun John Riddle, Andrew Jude of Westdale Services, Coun Mark Swinburn and Laura Graham, of Northumberland County Council, with the award for the Allerhope pilot scheme.

Work has started on a multi-million pound project to upgrade homes on a Cramlington estate.

Northumberland County Council is investing £2.2million into transforming more than 80 homes at Allerhope.

The properties are all Dorran-style homes, which were a popular post-war style of construction, using concrete panels.

Dorran properties often have issues with insulation and the work will help to improve the energy efficiency of the homes.

The council has teamed up with with specialists Alumasc Facades and Westdale Services, to complete the work.

Steel structures will be added to the concrete panels to strengthen the external walls to ensure they can withstand the weight of new insulation and render.

A mix of off-white and brick effect render will then be used on the external wall to modernise the properties, as well as new windows fitted.

The project is estimated to take two years.

Coun John Riddle, cabinet member for housing at the council, said: “This is a really innovative project, using specialist technology to upgrade and improve the homes on this estate.

“The work will not only improve the energy efficiency of the property, and help to reduce the risk of fuel poverty for tenants, but will also improve the general appearance of the area.”

Earlier this year, the council picked up a number of national awards for a pilot scheme for the project.

At the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards, the council received a highly commended in the Landlord of the Year category and commended in the Small Project of the Year (under £250k) award.