BCT’s Investment Programme has been delivering a number of different projects to refurbish and improve the Byker estate, some of the completed projects include:

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Byker Community Trust is also planning a number of other projects to complete the stock transfer promises and deliver improvements across the estate (2018/19 Investment Projects). Details of these include:

Modern Homes Programme

Over 120 unimproved homes have been modernised internally to the ‘decent homes’ standard. There are a small amount of properties that have not been modernised internally, and BCT continue to consult these tenants to have the improvement works carried out which includes new kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring and other repairs.

District Heating Internal Improvements

In June 2018 we start a programme of internal improvements to the heating and hot water systems inside your home.

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This project will bring all of the internal heating systems up to the same standard of repair and install programmers which will give residents much greater control of their heating and help to conserve energy.

As there are almost 2000 properties to be improved this work is likely to take two years to complete.

The contractor appointed to deliver this project is H. Malone & Sons, who will be in contact with you to arrange a survey of your home.

The survey will assess exactly what works are required and this could include:

  • New radiators and thermostatic radiator valves
  • New hot water tanks
  • New programmer and heating controls
  • New pipework and valves in the airing cupboard
  • Insulation to the heating supply work in the airing cupboards

The exact work in each property will be based on the age and condition of the current internal heating system but all properties will have a new programmer fitted.

Once the survey is completed H. Malone & Sons tenant liaison officer will arrange a date to carry out the specified work to each property. On completion you will be shown how to use the programmer and will be left with a set of instructions.

Environmental Improvements

A major programme of environmental improvement works are proposed across the whole estate.

During 2018 we will appoint a team of landscape architects to review options to redesign the estate layout and start the consultation process with residents to understand your views.

There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with this project, from consultation events to provide views on the area around your home, to joining a Steering Group and working closely with the design team.

More information on the tenant engagement framework will be included in the Autumn BCT Newsletter, but in the meantime if you would like to join the Steering Group please contact Emma Leggott at BCT on 0800 5335 442

Brinkburn Street Conversion

The former housing office at 45 Brinkburn Street was built around 1900 originally as a shop and in 1969, Ralph Erskine and his team leased the building. It became the powerhouse behind the redevelopment and rebuilding of ‘New Byker’ where designs for the estate were created and developed by Ralph Erskine and his team of Architects. The building has stood empty since October 2016, and work has commenced to transform it into 4 stunning apartments.

Each self contained apartment will be two bedroomed and will include its own kitchen, bathroom and WC. The two ground floor apartments have been specifically designed for wheelchair accessibility.

The apartments are in a popular area of the estate, overlooking Priory Green. The project will be completed by November 2018 when the apartments will be available for rent.

Tom Collins House and Mount Pleasant external and communal upgrade.

Work has commenced to carry out an external and communal upgrade of our 2 sheltered accommodation schemes. The £1.65m improvement works, will see the upgrade of communal landlord services, including fire safety works, plus other external repairs and improvements to communal gardens. Internally the schemes will be redecorated and externally will be repainted in line with the original Ralph Erskine colour scheme. In addition, a retrofit sprinkler system is being installed at Tom Collins House and the external cladding of the building renewed due to its age and condition. Works are expected to complete in Autumn 2018.

Roof Replacement Programme

A multi million pound project is out to tender to appoint a contractor to reroof 415 properties across the estate. The project includes reroofing 381 properties which have original concrete tiled roofs from when the Estate was built. The remainder are a number of original metal roofed properties needing reroofing which are located at the South of the Estate, just off Walker Road.

All tenants involved in this project will be consulted over the coming months, and we anticipate the work will start on site in the New Year and take two years to complete.

Passenger Lift Replacement

Surveys are now complete and a project out to tender to appoint a contractor to replace 13 lifts in Kendal House and the Byker Wall from Byker Crescent to Northumberland Terrace. We anticipate the work will commence in April 2019 and complete in summer 2020.

Prior to any work starting on your block, all residents will be consulted and advised on how long their lift will be out of service whilst this essential replacement work is carried out.