Tenants of Barton Village, Eccles, are benefiting from the installation of thousands of VEKA windows and will see a drop in their energy bills following the environmentally friendly £14.3m makeover of four tower blocks.
The four 1960s tower blocks, which took a total of 12 months to refurbish, consist of 290 energy-efficient homes — with many of the one- and two-bedroom flats now benefiting from innovative green technologies, state-of-the-art ventilation and improved security.
Nicola Bott, Programme Manager at ForViva Group, who own the buildings, said: “We now have some of the most energy-efficient towers in the country. As a result of the works, customers are experiencing savings of between 40-60% of their heating bills, averaging out at £459 per home per year. This was of course helped by the VEKA Windows installed in the homes.”
VEKA’s Matrix 70 Casement Windows feature a Multi-chamber frame design, allowing for face or base drainage on either side of central chamber, internal and external beading and tilt and turn options. They suit many different house styles and are widely chosen for their design, versatility, visual appearance and quality in the window and door industry.
Nicola added: “Four of the five blocks are general let and one tower is a sheltered scheme with an over 55s demographic, with warden support. The transformation of the community has been incredible and there is a definite sense of pride and community spirit there now. In fact, a customer commented the refurbishments have brought the area into the 21st Century and given people real pride in their homes.”
Other works on the flats included structural repairs, internal remodelling, ventilation systems, infrastructure works boosted cold water and soil stack replacement, electrical rewires, kitchen and bathroom replacement, lift refurbishment and communal decoration.
Barton Village resident Michael Barton said: “We were consulted throughout and the work has really brought the neighbourhood together community spirit has returned.”