Massive council house works enter new phase

Burns Court work launched.
Burns Court work launched.

The second phase of improvements to transform a previously dilapidated part of a town has been officially launched.

The latest £1.25 million programme of works in Burns Court, Kirkintilloch, is the latest part of a £3 million redevelopment programme.

When finished, the work will bring 52 homes up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standards (SHQS) in time for the 2015 deadline and ensure they also meet strict energy efficiency standards - five years ahead of the 2020 target.

Previous works provided tenants with new double glazed windows, new kitchens and bathrooms, energy-efficient boilers, solar panels, roofs and front doors.

The second phase - which will last around eight monthss - will concentrate on door entry systems, balconies and closes. Each close will be re-painted as well as receiving new flooring, lighting, stair handrails and entry call systems.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, the council’s convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “I am delighted that this extensive programme of works has started. With the contract being so large, we as a council had to follow quite a strict procurement process, but now that’s complete we can forge ahead with the work.

“It’s hoped the work will be completed within the 32 week programme, but this will obviously depend on the winter weather. We hope once the works are all complete the residents will have homes they can truly be proud of.”

The work will be carried out by Helensburgh contractor Stewart and Shields who have extensive experience of similar projects.

Security will also be a priority, with state-of-the-art CCTV systems being installed, which will be linked to a new concierge station.

Councillor Ghai added: “I wish to thank residents in Burns Court for their patience and assure them that we will carry out the works to a very high standard, as quickly as we can and with as little inconvenience to them as possible.

“Hopefully by early next summer this massive project will be complete to everyone’s satisfaction.”