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SARH is committed to delivering more than just housing but great places to live, work and grow with accessible services and opportunities for customers to learn, train and work.
This new way of working involves improving an entire local neighbourhood. The work to homes includes fitting new roofs, windows and doors and thermal cladding to homes as well as improving the appearance of outside areas by providing new parking areas, garden walls and fences.
SARH is supported in this work by Housing Worx, a wholly owned trading subsidiary that works hard to deliver physical improvements to SARH homes. Surpluses are invested in further improving services and assisting SARH to develop more new homes.
In April 2013, SARH started work on the £6.7m Total Place project.
Covering the Silkmore/Penkside area, the aim was to improve the quality of life for people and uplift the environment of the whole project area.
In total 336 homes across six streets – Sidney Avenue; Exeter Street; Perrin Close; Plant Crescent; Peach Avenue and Silkmore Lane benefited from this investment. The investment has significantly improved the appearance and living experience for our customers and it also could benefit home owners in the area.
The regeneration work concluded in 2015, with a final phase of 35 new build homes set to be completed in 2016.
Total Place will bring a range of benefits, including reduced crime rates, less anti-social behaviour, increased demand for properties, lower turnover of tenancies, support for local jobs and improved energy efficiency of homes, resulting in a reduction of 58% in Co2 emissions.
Local businesses were specifically given the opportunity to tender for all the works within Total Place. The projects have been broken into smaller chunks to allow smaller contractors the chance to become part of this special project. By doing this, SARH are looking to benefit the wider Stafford economy and encourage local employment of labour within all of the contracts.
Sidney Avenue apartments in Penkside were among the first to benefit from the new regeneration project.
The initial works kicked off on the Sidney Avenue flats, and the final results have received much accolade from both customers and local residents.