High rise residents celebrate revamp of their homes

Longfield House resident Mark Roe


?Wednesday, 11 February 2015 

Coventry residents celebrated the completion of work to their homes following an investment of over £2m by the city’s largest social landlord.

Residents at the Whitefriars Housing-owned Longfield House, enjoyed a lunch at an event held at the high-rise block, in Bell Green.

They were given the opportunity to chat with their new neighbours as well as staff from Whitefriars and other agencies offering advice on how to save on utility bills. 

Longfield House resident, cycle courier  Mark Roe, 46, said: “I think the whole block looks a lot better. I travel all over the city and I’ve seen the improvements Whitefriars have made in places like Willenhall and the work starting at Nauls Mill House. I’m impressed with how it all looks.”

The apartments feature new front doors with improved security and fire safety features, a digital TV connection, upgraded waste water pipes and privacy screens on the balconies between homes.

Shared spaces were redecorated and new fire doors fitted throughout.

The external concrete fabric of the building was repaired and repainted and its 17 storeys are now decorated with mosaic panels. 

New entrances with enhanced security measures and landscaping finish the external work. 

Pauline White, Assistant Director at Whitefriars said: “We’re pleased to officially mark the end of the improvements that have brought Longfield up to modern standards.

“Events such as these are a way for us to thank residents for their patience during the work and for them to find out more about the support we and other agencies provide. They are also a great way for people to get to know their neighbours and build a strong community.”

Longfield House is one of a trio of high rises that have been similarly upgraded with an investment of £7.1m.

The work forms part of Whitefriars Housing’s five year plan to invest over £200m to improve their existing properties and build homes across the city.  

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