Gentoo begins £8m window replacement programme in over 4,000 homes in Sunderland

Gentoo has begun an £8 million programme to replace windows in over 4,000 homes across Sunderland.

The housing association, which manages more than 28,000 social rented properties in the city, is delivering a comprehensive programme to install new uPVC double-glazed windows in a number of estates.

The works will make homes warmer, decrease tenants’ heating costs and reduce noise.

The programme is part of Gentoo’s 2019-24 Business Plan that will see £300 million invested in existing homes and neighbourhoods over the next five years. Other projects will include fire risk works, external painting, environmental improvements, and repairs and maintenance services.

The work is being delivered by the housing maintenance team at Kier Specialist Services, which has an extensive background in planned investment works for local authority and housing association partners across the country.

Nigel Wilson, Gentoo Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “We know that many of our tenants have been waiting for several years for their windows to be replaced so we’re thrilled to be able to start this work.

“Gentoo has committed £300 million to improve our existing homes and neighbourhoods and this is the first of many exciting projects in that programme.”

David Mawson, Managing Director of Kier Specialist Services said: “We are delighted to partner with Gentoo to replace the windows across their estate in Sunderland. These improvements will help tenants improve the energy efficiency of their homes, save money on their heating bills and future proof the properties for years to come.”

Works began in Hetton in mid-September and will take approximately three years to complete. The schedule below shows which areas we'll be working in between September 2019 to the end of March 2020:  

Phase 1 - Hetton/Burnside/Penshaw
Phase 2 - Red House/Southwick/Monkwearmouth
Phase 3 - Castletown
Phase 4 - Marley Potts/Roker
Phase 5 - Grangetown
Phase 6 - Hendon
Phase 7 - Humbledon/Ryhope/Silksworth
Phase 8 - East Herrington/Hall Farm/Mil Hill

Find out more here.