Residents at Chandler Close, a sheltered housing scheme run by Curo, have marked the opening of their new community kitchen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and buffet.
We recently completed the refurbishment of the busy community kitchen as part of a wider programme to install brand new kitchens in 37 homes across the sheltered housing scheme.
The work was part of a major ten-year home improvement programme that will see us invest £75m in our stock of 13,000 homes.
Julia Gallop (Pictured with John Hughes who fitted her new Curo kitchen) has lived in Chandler Close for 14 years: “My new kitchen really is a delight. The workers from Curo were very good - no trouble at all – and I was able to choose everything from the colour scheme, the tiles, cupboards, worktops and the flooring, which is gorgeous.”
Heidi Gibbs, Curo Head of Asset Performance, said: “We want all our customers to have a home they love that’s safe, healthy, affordable and warm. We have a new ten-year plan in place to ensure every home gets the investment it needs to be a great place to live.
“Over the next five years we’ll be increasing our investment in our existing homes, spending around £37m upgrading kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, heating systems and roofs.
“This will include more than 2,000 new kitchens within five years, representing an investment of £12.6m. In ten years’ time this will have risen to more than 4,600 new kitchens, totalling £26.7m in investment.”
This investment programme has been planned using extensive property surveys and asset management data that assesses the condition of our diverse housing stock. Curo’s housing comprises over 13,000 properties ranging from 300-year-old Georgian listed town houses to post-war estates and modern apartment blocks.
We'll be writing to customers with details of the planned improvements to their home within the year that the works are scheduled.