Villages Housing Association is to invest in upgrading apartments and communal facilities across the five tower blocks in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley, which include Mosscraig, Whincraig and Firscraig on Little Moss Hey Road and Denecliff and Merecliff on Pool Hey Road.
As part of the investment, the housing association, which is part of the ForViva Group, is to install a new energy efficient biomass heating system to replace storage heaters.
Villages, which manages properties across Merseyside and Greater Manchester, is also looking to improve parking on the site of the tower blocks, as well as upgrading existing security measures and installing a new CCTV system.
Services including recycling facilities and communal storage are also set to be delivered as part of the investment.
Work has begun on the improvements to the homes, and is due for completion in September 2016, with construction partner Forrest undertaking the project.
This scheme is part of Villages’ wider strategy to improve its 1,200 homes in Stockbridge Village and follows on from external wall insulation and internal improvements to the landlord’s high rise blocks.
Villages’ investment draws on the experience and expertise of fellow ForViva member City West Housing Trust, which is investing £54.3 million to improve 12 high rise blocks in Eccles with a range of energy efficient measures.
Paul Carhart, Managing Director of Villages Housing Association and Group Director of Customer Services at ForViva, said: “As part of our Community Impact Strategy, we are striving to ensure all our homes and neighbourhoods are of the very best quality to ensure our residents can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
“By using clean technology to ensure all homes within the tower blocks are environmentally friendly, we are creating an innovative solution that alleviates fuel poverty through reduced bills whilst also ensuring that our residents’ health is improved through warmer homes.”
ForViva’s Community Impact Strategy outlines the group member’s priority objectives around improving health, creating education and employment opportunities, helping communities to remain safe and empowering neighbourhoods.
By working in partnership with external organisations and through drawing on expertise between ForViva group members, the Community Impact Strategy aims to improve lives and communities across the North West.