£5.2m investment in homes across the West Midlands

Thursday, 29 August 2013 

Work has begun on a £5.2m project to improve homes across West Midlands.

Optima Community Association is carrying out a range of internal and external improvements to its housing stock in Birmingham, Dudley, Halesowen, Sandwell, Solihull, Tipton and Walsall.

The works are part of Optima’s long term investment plan to ensure high quality homes and create places where people want to live.

Project manager Mark Allen said: “Our priority is resident satisfaction and together with our contractors we aim to deliver this programme to a high standard.”

The maintenance and improvement work includes the replacement of 38 roofs, 296 homes being painted externally, 110 new kitchens, 36 new bathroom, 299 new heating systems and upgrading concierge offices and security systems.

Four steel framed houses in Castle Bromwich with structural problems that are beyond economic repair will be demolished. 

The most challenging aspect of project will be the replacement of internal soil waste pipes running through the central core of one 16 storey tower block in central Birmingham.

The work will involve replacing sections of pipe work, floor by floor.

Optima is part of Bromsgrove based WM Housing Group which owns and manages more than 27,000 homes.

The programme is due to be completed in March 2014 

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