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kettering council refurbishment to properties


Tenants of Kettering Borough Council’s homes are set to benefit from newly refurbished properties after the council awarded Novus a contract to complete the works. Over the coming months, Novus will carry out refurbishments to a number of the council’s properties with houses in the Desborough and Rothwell areas benefitting from the upgrades. What services will Novus provide? As part of the extensive refurbishments, Novus will provide: Plumbing, electrical and heating upgrades Install of new heating systems Refurbishment works on the kitchens, bathrooms and staircases New carpet installation Installation of windows and doors Maintenance to walls and gardens. These works will also see Novus pre-refurbishment activities that include assisting the Kettering Borough Council prepare for the removal and storage of their belongings, clearing the houses and cleaning. House maintenance is crucial James Devlin, capital & investment works manager at Kettering Borough Council, said: “While the building of new houses rightly occupies many people’s minds, it’s vital to remember that maintaining those already in circulation is also crucial to a resident’s wellbeing and the lifespan of a property." “We’re committed to investing in our stock of houses but we also need to make sure it’s done to the very highest standard." "We’ve worked with Novus in the past and the effort they go to to ensure work is carried out professionally while always putting tenants’ needs first, is exemplary.” A strong relationship Tony Ronayne, operations manager at Novus, said: “We’ve built a strong relationship with Kettering Borough Council over the years that has enabled us to develop a unique understanding of what their tenants want and how we approach every project." "We’re looking forward to seeing the properties when completed and the difference upgraded living spaces make to their residents.” "The value of the project will take place across an initial 12 properties in Desborough and Rothwell." Working with local councils Novus have a long history of working with local councils on projects big and small. You can see examples of our previous work by visiting the Our Work section of the website. Do you have a project Novus can help with? Make an enquiry here and we'll be in touch.
Novus contruction workers stood in semi circle


When we were tasked with building a brand new factory extension for tableware manufacturer Steelite International, our contracts manager and Excellence Award winner Ged Carr stepped up to the mark to make sure everything ran smoothly. In this blog, he talks us through some of the challenges the team encountered during construction and how, working in partnership, they were overcome.  Our work on the Steelite factory extension has been rewarding from start to finish and it’s thrown up its fair share of challenges which we were more than prepared to deal with. The team and I were tasked with constructing a 22,000 square foot factory extension on a brownfield site and I’m delighted to say we turned the work around in record time. It took just eight months to transform the site into a working factory. These kinds of projects never do go smoothly and we’re prepared for any challenges which present themselves during the course of our work. It was business as usual for Steelite throughout the construction of the extension, so we took this into account throughout the contract and adjusted our work accordingly. When we began to excavate the ground in January, we discovered that it needed to be stabilised first. With the ground being very soft, this meant that instead of installing a 300mm layer of piling mat as planned, we had to triple the thickness to 900mm to make sure our staff and equipment were safe and that the building was going to be completely stable. By far the biggest challenge which cropped up during the process was the unexpected discovery of a gas main underneath the site of the new factory building. We had to build ramps around the gas main to ensure the health and safety of everyone on site, and then construct the steel framework of the building around the gas main. Specialists were called in to divert the main and it was then business as usual. Despite the challenges we encountered during the contract, we completed the work to deadline and held a topping out ceremony in July which was attended by Novus chairman Stuart Seddon and Steelite chief executive Kevin Oakes, who was extremely happy with the finished extension. It was great to be involved in such a major project, right on my doorstep, and I look forward to the next one! Watch a video of the Steelite construction process here:
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Hannah O'Brien
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