Melville Housing Association is to invest nearly £1.6 million in upgrades to tenants’ homes over the next 12 months with the main focus being the replacement of older kitchens.
Almost one in five of Melville’s original properties (those built before the 1995 transfer from Scottish Homes) are to have new kitchens fitted over the next 12 months.
Carried out by fitters from Dunedin Canmore, who have devoted a third squad of workmen to the Melville contract to cope with the extra demand, the replacement of almost 300 kitchens will be spread across much of Melville’s Midlothian stock including homes in Gorebridge, Penicuik, Mayfield, Bonnyrigg, Pathhead and Poltonhall.
As well as kitchen replacements, this year’s investment will also pay for 75 new bathrooms, 26 new heating systems and a number of replacement roofs.
“Kitchen replacements were an early priority when Melville took over from Scottish Homes back in 1995, however, over recent years, much of our annual planned maintenance investment has been in external wall insulation,” said Melville Housing Chairman Bob Anderson.
“With the successful conclusion of the significant insulation project in Mayfield we can now, once again, invest heavily in kitchen replacements across our older stock. Tenant feedback on Dunedin Canmore’s kitchens has been very positive so far and we look forward to rolling out the replacement programme in the coming months.”
Details of Melville’s 2017/18 planned maintenance programme are currently being finalised. All Melville tenants due a home upgrade will be contacted closer to the time.