Residents celebrate £2.8m Airey refurbishment programme

Aspire Housing residents are celebrating the completion of a £2.8 million major refurbishment programme to 53 non-traditional Airey properties in Ashley, Audley and Madeley that will extend the lifetime of the homes for another generation.

The residents are celebrating their improved homes with a fun afternoon on 26 September from 3.30pm-6pm at Durber Close sheltered housing scheme, Audley.

The properties take their name from Sir Edwin Airey who designed them as temporary accommodation shortly after the Second World War. Airey properties can be identified by their distinctive grey concrete panels.

Keepmoat was contracted to replace the concrete panels with modern insulated brick cavity walls, installing triple glazed windows, replacing the roof and front door, and providing new driveways and boundary walls. Homes off the gas network have had their existing heating system upgraded with energy efficient air source heat pumps. Despite the extent of the improvement works customers did not need to leave their homes while the work took place.

Customers are already seeing the benefits:

• Their heating bills are being considerably reduced
• Their homes will last another generation
• Their home and the surrounding neighbourhood look more attractive

Wayne Hughes, managing director of Aspire Housing, said: “I’m delighted that customers are already starting to enjoy the benefits of the programme. These popular properties will last another generation for our customers, and will save them money on their heating bills at a time when rising energy costs are a real concern for households across the country.”

Neil Baxter, regional director for Keepmoat, said: “This is truly an exemplar project which shows that retrofitting is a viable and sustainable solution for housing. The results seen by residents are fantastic.”