Gentoo injects £multi-million investment into Sunderland housing

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The housing association is set to improve more than 1,500 homes across Sunderland with its £multi-million investment

ENGIE’s regeneration business  has been appointed to deliver a four year programme, aimed at prolonging Gentoo’s housing stock and ensuring residents are living in high-quality, energy efficient and sustainable housing, within a safe environment.

Works to be carried out on the properties include:

  • Re-roofing existing properties
  • Gable wall repairs to Racecourse Estate, Houghton Le Spring and Town End Farm
  • Repointing
  • Brickwork
  • Leadowork
  • Fire breaks
  • Roof space insulation

The investment follows Gentoo’s commitment to future proof homes for their tenants.

All work will be carried out with residents in occupation and ENGIE has committed to working openly with the tenants to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

A dedicated resident liaison officer will be hand to address any resident concerns throughout the process.

Andrew McIntosh, Regional Managing Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “This is a sensitive but vital project, in which resident welfare is the utmost priority.

“Gentoo has a very clear and direct vision of ensuring their housing stock is fit for purpose and their tenants are safe and happy.

“We have demonstrated our extensive abilities in this line of work and have the infrastructure in place to ensure we deliver a seamless and inclusive programme for residents.

“As with all of our projects across the UK, we will also be looking to use a local supply chain and provide employment or training prospects for people in the area, including Gentoo tenants, to ensure we are putting as much as possible back into the local community.”

Conan McKinley, Gentoo’s Director of Asset Strategy said: “Gentoo is committed to the continual investment in our customers’ homes and we look forward to working with ENGIE over the planned four-year period.”

Gentoo owns and manages more than 29,000 homes in Sunderland and is one of the region’s largest employers.

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