BCT’s Investment Programme has been delivering a number of different projects to refurbish and improve the Byker estate, including:
- Byker Wall External Works
- Chirton House Conversions
- Concierge Upgrade/Digital Aerial System
- District Heating Infrastructure Improvements
- Avondale House
- Painting Programme
Byker Community Trust is also planning a number of other projects to continue to deliver the stock transfer promises and deliver improvements across the estate (2017/18 Investment Projects). Details of these include:
Hobby Rooms Upgrade
There are 84 hobby rooms across the estate and we carried out a feasibility study to identify how we can make the best use of those buildings to meet the needs of the local community. The first phase of the upgrade programme will aim to convert ten hobby rooms into new homes, two of which have been specifically adapted for wheelchair accessibility.
Esh Property Services are the contractor who has been appointed to deliver this project. Work started on site in March 2017 and the new homes will be complete by August 2017.
Modern Homes Programme
There are a small amount of properties that have not been modernised internally, and there has been another opportunity to have the improvement works carried out which includes new kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring and other repairs. All tenants have been consulted and work will commence shortly to modernise twelve properties. The contractor appointed to deliver this project is Esh Property Services.
District Heating Internal Improvements
In Autumn 2017 we will start a programme of internal improvements to the heating and hot water systems inside your home.
This project will bring all of the 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.
A major programme of environmental improvement works are proposed across the whole estate.
During 2017 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.