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Maintenance programme ramps up with even more investment

Bournville Village Trust (BVT) is to spend £7.3m this year on improving homes as it ramps up its work to make sure properties are well-maintained, warmer and more energy efficient.

Last year, we spent £5.3m on planned maintenance and building safety including replacing 200 boilers, installing over 400 new front doors and upgrading 280 homes with new windows. We also installed over 100 new fire doors and fitted nearly 130 new kitchens.

This year, £7.3m will be spent on homes in Birmingham and Telford and will include fitting nearly double the number of kitchens we did last year, with nearly 260 planned.

The money will also be spent on installing 180 new boilers, replacing 380 front and rear doors, replacing UPVC and timber windows in 190 homes and fitting 124 new bathrooms.

Chris Hanson, Head of Assets at BVT, said: “We’re committed to making sure all our homes are well maintained, warmer and more energy efficient, and hundreds of BVT homes in Birmingham and Telford have already benefitted from improvement work over the last year.

“This year, we plan to achieve even more, doubling the number of kitchens we fitted last year and spending more money on fitting new boilers, front doors and windows.”

BVT resident Leighton had a new kitchen fitted to his home in January, he said: “Whilst we’d looked after our old kitchen, it had come to the end of its life and was looking tired. Our new kitchen is lovely and exactly what we wanted.

“We were given choices of things like doors and handles and the man from BVT who visited us was friendly, as was the BVT kitchen fitter Andy who went above and beyond. Andy was good at telling us each day what he’d be doing and if there was going to be any noise. There is nothing I could fault about the kitchen or the work.”

BVT’s window and door replacement programme will continue to focus on replacing single glazed windows to homes with no double glazing. However, new front doors will also be fitted to homes where double glazed windows have been replaced in the past.

To ensure doors and windows remain in as good a condition as possible until they are replaced, we are carrying out an external home maintenance programme (which includes painting) and continuing to undertake repairs where necessary (including draught proofing).

If you are due to have any planned maintenance work done to your home within the next year, we will write to you. However, if you have any questions about planned maintenance work, you can email us at enquiries@bvt.org.uk or call 0300 333 6540.

And don’t forget, if you need to report a repair you can do this here on our website on our Report a Repair page. For emergencies, always call us on 0300 333 6540.

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