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EQUANS appointed for £13m sheltered housing scheme in Dudley

EQUANS, the new brand for ENGIE’s services-led activities, has been appointed a £13m contract by Dudley Council to radically overhaul two of the borough's sheltered housing schemes.

EQUANS will revamp Jack Newell Court and Woodhouse Court, to bring them up to modern day living standards; and will work with the council to redevelop the apartments to provide increased floor space to meet national space standards and improve accessibility.

Internal spaces will also be reconfigured to create 12 new homes across the two schemes with another six apartments at Woodhouse Court and six at Jack Newell Court, providing much needed new housing for older people in the  borough.

The internal layout of all the flats will be improved, with each flat having its own shower facilities and some flats will have balconies added.  The communal kitchens will be enlarged, the communal lounge redesigned and a wellbeing room included.

The transformation will also include rewiring, heating upgrades, lighting improvements, new lifts and fire alarm system upgrades.

An affordable housing grant of £4.8m has been secured for the remodelling of Woodhouse Court and Jack Newell Court from Homes England, which together with almost £9m of council investment will provide modern, remodelled schemes.

For the work to go ahead as quickly and safely as possible, the council has worked closely with the tenants living in both schemes who have temporarily moved out of their properties. The council is fully supporting tenants in this process.

This is an exciting step forward in this project and I’m pleased we now have a contractor on board. “This is part of our ongoing programme to provide better sheltered housing accommodation for our tenants, building on our successes in nearby schemes and I look forward to seeing the work get underway. “Thank you to the tenants who have moved out temporarily while these works are being carried out, when they return, they will certainly reap the benefits this project brings.”
Councillor Laura Taylor-Childs Cabinet member for housing and community services
The refurbishment work will dramatically improve the quality of life for residents by providing a safe, warm and modern space to call home. By improving internal layouts and adding bathrooms to each flat, we will create a greater sense of independence and privacy that will allow residents to feel much more comfortable. “The two properties were built in the mid-1980s and currently provide supported housing in a total of 79 one-bedroom flats and communal living areas for people aged 55 or over.
Paul Bingham Regional Director at EQUANS UK & Ireland

Work will continue through 2022 with residents expected to move in early 2023.

About EQUANS

EQUANS is the world leader in multi-technical services with 74,000 employees, in 17 country hubs and an annual turnover of over 12 billion euros.

EQUANS designs, installs and provides customised solutions to improve the technical equipments, systems and processes of its clients and to optimise their use through their energy, industrial and digital transitions. Thanks to a strong territorial footprint through historical local brands and an excellent technical know-how in their clients’ businesses, EQUANS' highly-qualified experts are able to support territories, cities, industries, buildings in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), Cooling and Fire protection, Facility Management, Digital & ICT, Electrical, Mechanical & Robotics.

EQUANS is the number one company on the main European markets (France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK) and is also well ranked in the US and in Latin America. EQUANS is a separate entity of ENGIE.

About EQUANS UK & Ireland

In the UK & Ireland, EQUANS brings together ENGIE’s services-led activity under a new brand.  All of ENGIE’s UK & Ireland activity in technical services & facilities management, energy efficiency and construction & regeneration are now part of EQUANS – along with our specialist energy related capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

EQUANS UK & Ireland is a £2 billion revenue business, employing 13,500 people.  With the mission to connect, power and protect, to build an efficient, safe and connected world - EQUANS combines its expertise to empower governments, businesses and communities to fully embrace the energy, digital and industrial transitions that are reshaping the way we use energy, as well as move, work and live.

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