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Greenhill Court is an existing development in Rutherglen, Scotland, consisting of five blocks of one and two bedroom tenement flats. Lovell was the main contractor on the project that involved the redesign and refurbishment of the 172 properties situated over seven floors. Refurbishments made included upgrades to the external wall, roof, lighting, security, ventilation and heating systems.
The development, owned by South Lanarkshire Council, was refurbished as part of a new housing investment programme – HomeHappening. The initiative aims to ensure that all council housing meets the Scottish Housing Quality Standard by 2015. In line with this, the refurbished homes are expected to have a significant impact on tenants' fuel bills whilst also reducing carbon emissions.
Partial funding for the external fabric upgrade, energy efficiency measures and heating replacement was sourced from the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), which aims to reduce carbon emissions and alleviate fuel poverty in areas of low income through the development of community-based partnerships between Local Authorities, community groups and energy companies.
A specialist Lovell Resident Liaison team was employed on site at the Greenhill Court development. The team held an open day in the town hall prior to the site start-up date, informing local residents and businesses about the upcoming works. This was followed up with a weekly newsletter ensuring that the local community was kept up to date and continually involved in the project. As residents remained in tenancy during the refurbishment works, safety was of paramount importance. Throughout the development process a twice daily inspection of the site perimeter was carried out, certifying the health and safety of everyone involved.
Lovell sent out client satisfaction forms to tenants and members of the local community in order to collect feedback during the refurbishment works. Prize drawn gift vouchers were offered to those who completed and returned the survey in order to maximise the level of response. Feedback was used to improve the Greenhill Court site and has been kept on record for the improvement of future Lovell projects.
Crushed glass from the development was recycled and subsequently used as monoblocking, a decorative paving technique often associated with driveways. Lovell also recycled all uPVC windows from the project's properties, with a total weight of 8.65 tonnes.
Lovell managed to secure funding from CESP for many of the energy efficiency measures, comprising 20% of the total project cost.
"Partnership working between South Lanarkshire Council and Lovell has resulted in a fully refurbished block of flats at Greenhill Court which has 172 properties within 5 co-joined blocks. The increased levels of external insulation, the new windows and the fuel switch from electric to gas heating has significantly improved the comfort levels for those living in the block. The 'can-do' approach has been effective in progressing works through a number of challenges, each of which has been successfully overcome."Gordon Wilson
Project Manager at South Lanarkshire Council