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Housing team scoops national award

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A housing team is celebrating after scooping a national award for a multi-million pound project that has brought benefits to the health and wellbeing of tenants.

Dudley Council’s housing services team recently fought off stiff competition from other entries when it won the national Association of Public Service Excellence’s health and wellbeing award.

The award was in recognition of the council’s recent £6.2million refurbishment of Margaret Vine and Holloway Court A photo of the housing team collecting their APSE awardsheltered housing schemes.

The project, which was part funded by the government’s Home England department, was designed to improve tenants’ quality of life with better a standard of living.

Both schemes were in desperate need of repair so two years ago the council and housing partner Jessup began a makeover of 92 apartments by improving layouts, installing new kitchens and adding en-suite shower facilities. Some apartments were extended and some balconies installed.

The buildings also benefited from a heating upgrade, electrical rewire, lift refurbishment, new door entry system and refurbished communal areas.

As part of the project the council also built four bungalows on land within the grounds of Margaret Vine Court, adding to the council’s housing stock.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, said:

I’m really proud of every single person who has worked on this project and pleased to see their hard work recognised and singled out as best practice.
We knew from the outset that this project was a big undertaking for us and Jessup as a majority of the renovation was carried out with tenants still on site. Therefore its success relied solely on the willingness of tenants to work with us and support us on this journey.
And it all paid off in the end. We now have quality homes, that will stand the test of time and most importantly we’ve had such positive comments from tenants, which this award recognises.”

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From left to right: Julie MacDonald, awards presenter, Martin Simmonds from Dudley Council, Steve Faizey representing Jessup, Tracey Edwards, Paul Griffiths and Mark Rodgers from Dudley Council, Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing and Mike Short from Unison, the award sponsor

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