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Sterte makes award shortlist

Sterte balconies

PHP is celebrating after its Sterte Court refurbishment project, which has transformed the appearance and improved the energy efficiency of over 130 homes, was shortlisted for a national housing award. 

The project is one of just three entries to make the shortlist for the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) award for ‘Creating greener homes and reducing fuel poverty’. PHP faces competition from Solihull Community Housing and Stockport Homes in the same category. 

Work to enhance Sterte Court started in 2013 and is on course to be completed at the end of this month.

Now benefitting from modern balconies, windows, cladding and roof cover, the 60-year-old development provides a safe and secure environment for residents to live, offering excellent thermal insulation and supporting a reduction in fuel poverty. New heating systems will ensure residents’ fuel bills are cut by a minimum of 30%.

Additional positive outcomes include a new play area for the wider community and landscaping chosen by the residents. With the project almost complete, we do not anticipate having to carry out any major works at Sterte for another 30 years.

The £7.5m project (supported by Green Deal, ECO and Energy Savings Trust funding) has been managed by PHP and carried out by regeneration specialist Keepmoat. The new-and-improved Sterte features:

  • New, larger fully glazed balconies
  • New windows, enabling outside access
  • Replacement of external doors
  • Renewal of existing cladding
  • Renewal of roof covering
  • Thicker insulation, resulting in lower fuel bills
  • A new fibre-optic TV service
  • Renewal of entrance canopy
  • Installation of a new sprinkler system
  • New mains and heating
  • Photovoltaic (solar) panels

The winners are due to be announced during the NFA Annual Conference in Manchester in July.

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