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HOUSING SPECIAL REFURBISHMENT APPROACH


This type of whole-house approach to refurbishment is pretty unique


involving energy efficiency upgrades, Decent Homes Standard works and general property improvement to take the homes well beyond the Decent Homes Standard. ‘We decided to do everything at once,’ says


Bush. Carrying out all improvement works in one hit minimised inconvenience to the residents and it made long-term business sense by eliminating the need to keep returning to the property. The NIU put in place a programme of


works that involved decanting residents for a 14-week period. However, before they moved to temporary accommodation, the residents


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chose their kitchen units, flooring and decoration throughout the property. ‘This whole-house approach is pretty unique,’ says Bush. The works have been developed as a


package that can be replicated time and again, rather than as an exemplar that will be too costly or risky to be delivered across all properties. Starting at the top of a house, the roof was repaired or replaced if necessary and the walls stripped back to the brickwork. In some instances rooms were remodelled and layouts changed to make the dwellings more suitable for contemporary


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