A £34m investment initiative by Gentoo Group has resumed after the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Jane Imrie

Work begins on multi-million Sunderland housing investment programme

A new investment programme to enhance social housing in the city of Sunderland is underway after being delayed by COVID-19.

A £34m investment initiative by Gentoo Group has resumed after the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Initial work will include the association’s window replacement scheme in Sunderland estates including Concord, Easington Lane, Ford Estate and Ryhope, as well as a roof replacement programme that will see 661 customers receive a new roof by the end of 2020.

Other work to follow will include an external decoration programme, porch renewals, fire prevention work, lift refurbishments, de-gassing of city centre towers and boiler replacements.

Nigel Wilson, chief executive officer at Gentoo Group, commented: “I’m delighted we have been able to fully resume our planned investment programme for 20-21 following the Coronavirus lockdown, which meant we couldn’t start this year’s crucial improvement work when we had planned.

“It’s extremely important for our tenants that we continue to invest in our existing housing stock and I’m glad they can now benefit from these projects as we continue to create homes and neighbourhoods that people are proud to live in.”

“We also understand tenants may be nervous to have work completed to their property in the current climate and I would like to reiterate our commitment to following safe systems of work at all times to keep everyone safe.”

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