The opening of new community kitchen at Chandler Close in Bath, refurbished by housing association Curo, has been marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and buffet.
Curo recently completed the refurbishment of the busy community kitchen as part of a wider programme to install brand new kitchens in 37 homes across the sheltered housing scheme.
The work was part of a major ten-year home improvement programme that will see the social landlord invest £75m in its stock of 13,000 homes.
Julia Gallop, who has lived in Chandler Close for 14 years, said: “My new kitchen really is a delight.
“The workers from Curo were very good – no trouble at all – and I was able to choose everything from the colour scheme, the tiles, cupboards, worktops and the flooring, which is gorgeous.”
Heidi Gibbs, Curo Head of Asset Performance, added: “We want all our customers to have a home they love that’s safe, healthy, affordable and warm.
“We have a new ten-year plan in place to ensure every home gets the investment it needs to be a great place to live.
“Over the next five years we’ll be increasing our investment in our existing homes, spending around £37m upgrading kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, heating systems and roofs.
“This will include more than 2,000 new kitchens within five years, representing an investment of £12.6m. In ten years’ time this will have risen to more than 4,600 new kitchens, totalling £26.7m in investment.”
Curo’s investment programme has been planned using extensive property surveys and asset management data that assesses the condition of Curo’s housing stock.
Curo’s housing comprises over 13,000 properties ranging from 300-year-old Georgian listed townhouses to post-war estates and modern apartment blocks.
Curo will be writing to customers with details of the planned improvements to their home within the year that the works are scheduled.