13 February 2020

Curo and Mi-space to transform Foxhill flats

Bath-based housing association Curo has announced that the £5 million refurbishment of three four-storey blocks at Bradford Park will be completed by Mi-space, which specialises in providing maintenance and property services to affordable housing providers. Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, has already started work on transforming the flats.

Plans for the refurbishment of the 48 flats were developed in partnership with local residents and are based on residents’ priorities and Curo’s SHAW (Safe, Healthy, Affordable and Warm) standards. As well as contributing to Curo’s plans, Foxhill residents were involved in the contractor selection process to choose Mi-space.

Each of the three blocks at Bradford Park will get a new roof, new windows to improve natural lighting, new ventilation and insulated exterior walls to improve the energy efficiency of the blocks and reduce energy costs for residents.

New kitchens, bathrooms and gas boilers will be installed and all three blocks will benefit from a full electrical re-wire, fire safety improvement works and new plasterwork, joinery, decorations and flooring.

The old front and rear entrances to the three blocks were demolished during pre-construction works in the autumn. To improve accessibility for residents, communal areas inside the blocks will be reconfigured.

Curo and Mi-space are also making improvements to the hard and soft landscaped areas around the blocks, remodelling bin stores and installing new intercom systems.

Mike Grist, Curo’s Director of Property Safety & Regeneration, said: “The refurbishment of Bradford Park flats is an important part of our investment programme for Curo-owned homes in Foxhill. We’ve worked closely with residents to find out what improvements are important to them. Residents told us the flats in Foxhill are the homes in most need of improvement – this is why we’re starting with Bradford Park.”

Mike added: “The refurbishment works to the building, communal areas, flats and surrounding grounds have been shaped by the views of residents. Our improvements will increase the energy efficiency of the flats – making them much warmer and cheaper to heat.”

Mark Bishop, Pre-Construction Director at Mi-space, said: “We’re delighted to start work on the refurbishment and upgrade of Bradford Park flats. We’re working closely with Curo to transform the flats to meet their SHAW standards and make them homes fit for the future.”

Mi-space is committed to having a positive impact in the communities it works in. Throughout the project it will support local employment by attending construction careers events and creating work experience placements and apprenticeships for local people. It has also committed to developing the skills of its workforce at Bradford Park flats.

As part of this commitment, Mi-space is employing a Bath College student as a Construction Technician Apprentice. Rebecca Chapman will work on the project to refurbish the flats while she studies at college.

Curo expects the refurbishment of Bradford Park flats to be completed later this year with tenants moving in by the autumn. The previous residents of the flats have already moved to new homes with many choosing to move to Curo’s nearby Mulberry Park development. The refurbished flats will be let via Homesearch, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s housing register for social rent homes.

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