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Refurb project seeing great results

15 December 2021

Three homes have now been completed in our project to refurbish 29 of our British Iron and steel fabrication (BISF) homes – with a further six due to be completed before Christmas.

These homes, built shortly after World War Two, were previously upgraded about 30 years ago by Wycombe District Council, and this year we decided it was time for us to give them a new lease of life so they can provide much-needed homes for another 40-50 years!

Upgrades to the homes include:

  • New wall insulation, which will help lower heating costs and the need for using so much energy
  • Cladding to first-floor level of home, with a brick slip at ground-floor level which are individually fixed and pointed up thereafter.
  • Upgrading of structural steelwork where required to walls and roof
  • New roof over the main house and outhouse
  • Removal of chimneys
  • New double-glazed windows
  • New composite doors to replace timber external doors
  • New fascia, soffits, gutters and downpipes
  • New canopies over front door.

Keens Close - before 

A picture of the homes before the refurbs

Keens Close - during

A picture of the works in progress

The refurbishement in progress as builders add bricks to the homes

Keens Close - after

A picture of the completed homes

Work began to the two pilot homes in Keens Close in spring 2021 and now been extended to Hardenwaye, Walton Drive, Keens Close and The Quadrant, High Wycombe.

The homes now have a totally new look and feel. Peter Griffiths, project manager at Red Kite, said: “Once the tenants have got over how great their homes now look they will quickly see how energy efficient they are too. We hope this will mean a reduction in their energy costs.

“One of the great things about this project has been that tenants were able to stay in their homes while the work was carried out. Temporary roofs were installed meaning the homes were safe to live in. This saved a lot of upheaval for families and helped us to reduce costs too.”

“We have also had feedback from private owners wishing to buy into the programme as they would also like their properties upgraded!”

FSG Property Services Ltd, our appointed contractor, are now working on the remaining homes and it is hoped these will all be completed by summer 2022.


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Red Kite Community Housing is the trading name of Red Kite Community Housing Limited, a charitable registered society which operates for the benefit of the community under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered in England with the Financial Conduct Authority (registration number 31322R) and the Regulator of Social Housing (registration number 4682). VAT number 290 7410 06.