Lovell and CCG serve up new-look communal kitchen for Tywyn sheltered housing residents

The company, which is working on a large-scale housing improvement programme for local housing association, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), transformed the kitchen as part of its Lovell Legacy commitment to creating lasting community benefits in neighbourhoods.

"They have done a fantastic job modernising the kitchen. It is so much better now," says resident Angela Sheffield, chair of the residents' association. "We use the kitchen for our weekly coffee mornings on Fridays where all the residents can come together for a chat."

The Lovell team replaced the old kitchen's dated facilities with new worktops, a sink, cupboards, flooring and tiling as well as carrying out electrical upgrading and redecoration. The company provided all the materials and carried out the five-day project for free with the help of some of its subcontractors.

Lovell project manager Peter Lewis says: "Lovell has been working in flats at Morfa Cadfan through the refurbishment programme we are carrying out for CCG. The communal lounge and kitchen at Morfa Cadfan are very well used and we knew that updating the kitchen would make a real difference so we spoke to the residents about what they wanted and designed it with their help and advice. The feedback has been really positive and we hope that residents continue to enjoy using the new kitchen. We'd particularly like to thank our subcontractor partners who helped us with the work."

Anne Lloyd Jones, CCG Board member and the Gwynedd councillor for Tywyn, adds: "We are grateful to Lovell for their generous contribution to Morfa Cadfan. I know the kitchen will make a real difference to residents there. It's important to us that we do more than improve homes and that we and our contractors contribute to the local communities where we are investing."

Lovell has just finished refurbishing more than 200 homes in Tywyn and the surrounding area through the major housing improvement scheme it is carrying out for CCG.

Lovell, which has been working with CCG since April 2011, began work earlier this year on the remaining two years of the housing association’s £136 million five-year programme to bring homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard. There are currently more than 110 local people working for Lovell on the scheme, along with a number of apprentices and trainees. Lovell is currently delivering £11 million of improvements to just over 1,400 homes, including kitchen and bathroom replacements and electrical, plumbing and heating work as well as external improvements. The company is also upgrading 73 prefabricated concrete houses undertaking structural repairs and reroofing as well as extensive internal refurbishments.