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Lovell to deliver 6.8million makeover of Aberdeen tower blocks


Housing regeneration and refurbishment specialist Lovell is set to deliver a 6.8million high-rise improvement programme for Aberdeen City Council.

The scheme will transform four high-rise blocks of flats in the Cairncry area of Aberdeen: Cairncry Court and Rosehill Court, each 16-storeys high, and 17-storey blocks Cornhill Court and Stockethill Court.

The high-rises comprise 388 homes.

Each building will benefit from the installation of rainscreen over-cladding to keep rain out and boost thermal insulation.

Lovell will also carry out concrete repairs, replacement of some windows and louvres, re-rendering of the lift motor rooms and some work to ventilation systems.

Lovell, which is a certified Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal installer, is expected to start work on the year-long improvement scheme in Spring [2014].

The company was awarded the project through a competitive tendering process.

Residents will remain in their homes during the work, with a specialist Lovell resident liaison officer based on site who will communicate with residents, helping ensure the work goes ahead smoothly and with minimum disruption.

Aberdeen City Council housing and environment convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "Aberdeen City Council is committed to long-term investment in its housing stock to ensure properties are energy-efficient and warm.

"As a result of this commitment more and more people are seeing their fuel bills slashed and significant savings are being realised on heating costs across the city.

"The over-cladding and window replacement work has been greatly received in other parts of the city and we look forward to working with Lovell as it delivers the next phase of this project.

"Residents in these buildings can be assured that this work will be carried out efficiently and to a high standard, ensuring these properties are energy-efficient and structurally sound for years to come."

Lovell regional director Alan Taylor added: "This work will make these hard to heat homes more energy-efficient, reducing the impact of fuel poverty on residents.

"We are delighted to be bringing our expertise in high-rise modernisation programmes to this project which will deliver significant improvements."

Lovell has just finished work on three multi-storey refurbishment schemes in the Balnagask area of Aberdeen - Grampian Court, Brimmond Court and Morven Court.