Novus' efficiency benefits sheltered housing scheme

  26 MAY, 2016
Novus' efficiency benefits sheltered housing scheme

We’ve signed off our first year of a seven-year contract with Gosport Borough Council by delivering an eye-catching refurbishment to a sheltered housing scheme in the town.

We were contracted by Gosport Borough Council to undertake all external decorations for its properties, and completed our first year’s work three months within deadline.

This led to the council commissioning us to carry out a comprehensive, 12-week refurbishment of Alec Rose House, a sheltered scheme for residents over the age of 60. The scheme itself comprises of 17 self-contained flats supported by communal facilities such as laundry, lounge, garden and enclosed corridors linking all parts of the scheme for security and safety.

Residents were involved in every stage of the refurbishment, particularly at the outset where they were given the deciding vote on what theme the refreshed home would have after being presented with a number of options by our designers – they opted for a woodland theme to help create a warm, friendly atmosphere.

The project involved a number of noteworthy adaptations, including a striking transformation of the outside area. Previously, the area had been on split levels, making it difficult for people in wheelchairs to access it, but we resurfaced the entire area as a single level, allowing all residents to enjoy the space.

Working in a live environment often poses problems, but we have been complimented for our communication with residents, ensuring everyone knew what was happening through regular coffee mornings, as well as the constant presence of a site manager, who was on hand to answer any queries residents might have.

The refreshed scheme was officially opened by the former Mayor of Gosport in May, with our work proving so impressive that Gosport Borough Council are looking to commission similar works at another sheltered housing scheme later this year.

Andrew Woodcock from Gosport Borough Council said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Novus to deliver the refurbishment at Alec Rose. Novus was very driven in providing us with a top quality service and its attention to detail has been outstanding. The residents were extremely pleased with the newly refurbished communal areas. The icing on the cake was meeting Novus the Bear at the open event!”

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NOVUS AND DULUX DONATE MATERIALS TO A LOCAL SPECIAL SCHOOL

Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."

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