Melton Borough Council

Ribbon cutting ceremony marks the completion of the Beckmill Court refurbishment

Published Friday, 26th October 2018
Beckmill Court Ribbon cutting
Councillors Alan Pearson, Pru Chandler, Joe Orson, Pam Posnett and Margaret Glancy

Beckmill Court is a Melton Borough Council owned low-rise housing complex comprising fifty seven flats and maisonettes in a prominent location in the centre of Melton Mowbray.

The £2.1 million improvement works have been funded by Melton Borough Council and managed collaboratively by property and construction consultancy, Gleeds and Melton Borough Council. Gleeds was appointed as building surveyor on Beckmill Court in 2012 and has been responsible for upgrading the housing scheme from an aesthetic, thermal and security perspective. The Principle contractor was Fortem who demonstrated a holistic approach to improve energy performance of the dwellings.

Today a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion of the extensive refurbishment works that have been taking place over the last 12 months.

The event was well attended by councillors , members of the Tenants Forum Executive Committee, representatives from Gleeds, Fortem and Melton Borough Council. The ribbon was cut by Mayor Pru Chandler after a tour of Beckmill Court and was followed by a reception at Parkside Council Offices.

Leader of the Council, Joe Orson said: “It really is wonderful to see such an impressive transformation of Beckmill Court. Not only has the refurbishment updated aging housing stock but it has also improved the experience of its residents by addressing the issues of fuel poverty and resident safety. Congratulations to all who were involved in this fantastic project.”

External Wall Insulation has been applied to all facades, with a combination of render and brick slips used to provide a visually attractive external finish whilst also providing weather proofing. As part of the refurbishment project led by Gleeds, the windows have been replaced and upgraded and the original electric storage heaters, which were ageing and expensive to use, have been replaced by a new gas heating system in each flat. These works will have a dramatic impact on the energy performance of the dwellings and comfort of the residents.

Scott Kenna, Director, Gleeds Building Surveying Ltd, said: “In collaboration with Melton Borough Council, it has been a pleasure to refurbish Beckmill Court to its present condition, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact for existing and future residents. This project is a prime example of how existing, low-performing housing stock can be transformed to bring it up to modern day standards, reducing running costs for tenants, increasing security, a sense of ownership and local appeal.”

In addition to the energy improvement works, significant investment has been made in improving the resident experience. A new external lighting system has been installed to improve safety, the entire site has been re-landscaped, all communal areas have been refurbished and new balconies have been added to the existing drying areas. The combined effect is a dramatic facelift for the town centre flats.

Close engagement with the community has ensured that the project has progressed smoothly. Community events were organised prior to the start of works to inform residents of the impact the works could have on them and a dedicated Tenant Liaison Officer worked on site to ensure close communication throughout the works. Further community engagement, such as collecting contributions to a foodbank located within the development, hosting site visits for local residents and volunteering at a local construction college, all helped to foster a close, constructive relationship throughout the works.

Margaret Exton who lives at Beckmill Court said the refurbishment has been a huge improvement to the building “Everything is lovely, it’s much warmer, you can really tell the difference and so this will save me money this winter. The new windows also keep out much of the noise from the road which is a great improvement. Overall it looks so much better too.”

The project has been shortlisted for the Sustainable Retrofit Project of the Year at the 2018 SHIFT awards which takes place on November 8th in London.

 

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For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

Melton Borough Council

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294

 

Notes to editors

Gleeds was appointed in 2012 as building surveyor on Beckmill Court, providing design, contract administration and project management consultancy.

Gleeds (www.gleeds.com) is an international property and construction consultancy with over 130 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. With 1800 dedicated staff across six continents and 71 offices, Gleeds prides itself on being a global business that is structured to act and think locally.

Working with clients in almost every sector, Gleeds services the entire project lifecycle and categorises its offering into the following core areas: programme and project management, commercial and contract management, property and asset management and advisory.