SUNDERLAND housing association Gentoo Group has appointed regeneration and energy firm, ENGIE to deliver a mix of regeneration programmes.
The work, valued at £16 million, will include a variety of modernisation and safety improvements across several of Gentoo’s buildings. It forms part of a wider £317 million investment programme across Gentoo’s 29,000 homes.
ENGIE is also tasked with the installation of new gas condensing, energy efficient boilers and associated works to 1,000 homes in the Washington area as part of a district heating upgrade.
“We’re really pleased to continue our partnership with ENGIE and look forward to seeing the successful delivery of some really key projects over the coming months,” said Conan McKinley, Gentoo’s director of asset strategy.
Lee Francis, area director at ENGIE, said: “Resident welfare is at the core of all these projects and it is important that all households feel safe and secure in their homes.
“We have a skilled team and vast experience in regeneration, which is further enhanced by our fantastic partnership with Gentoo. We have demonstrated our extensive abilities, with a number of projects already being delivered by us on Gentoo’s behalf.
“We’re currently re-roofing properties and repairing gable walls across thousands of properties in Houghton le Spring and Sunderland, whilst also installing Ground Source Heat Pumps, an innovative source of renewable energy, to seven tower blocks in Sunderland.”
All three of the newly awarded projects will be managed separately, Gentoo says, but all work will be completed with residents in occupation and ENGIE will work “openly and closely” with the housing association’s tenants throughout the duration of the projects to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.