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Large scale works
Large scale improvements to the structure and exterior of
your building and communal areas are known as capital
You will be consulted before any works take place.
Keeping your home safe
If you are a private tenant and are concerned about the safety
of your home, visit our health and
To ensure that your home is safe, we complete a number of
surveys, tests and installations.
This financial year we will be continuing our programme of the
- Asbestos surveys to update Medway data to ensure responsive and
capital works can be carried out safely.
- Electrical testing to dwellings. Tests have to be carried out
at minimum, every 10 years, so there will continue to be a rolling
programme year on year. Any repairs required are identified by the
tests, with urgent work carried out straight away With full
electrical rewires placed into a targeted programme.
- Carbon Monoxide detector installations. These are installed as
part of a five year rolling programme often when your boiler is
- Mains-operated smoke detector installations. Installing where
there are currently no smoke detectors and where there are
- Structural Surveys with any works identified placed into area
Knowing your home
We aim to complete a full condition survey of
each property at least once every five years. The surveys allow us
to collect information relating to the Governments Decent Homes
Standard and plan our future maintenance programmes. Each survey
covers three main elements:
- Energy audit
- Health and safety risk assessment.
Improving your home
We are continually developing programmes to improve and update
your home this includes:
- Kitchen replacements
- Bathroom replacements
- Boiler replacements
- Replacement front, rear and patio doors
- Roof replacements
- Electrical rewiring
What we have completed so far in 2014/15
- Flat roof replacements - Benenden Manor and Harbledown Manor
have recently had roofing works completed. Our next project will
include re roofing at the Cornish Manors.
- Pitched roof replacement - An identified programme is underway
this year. Roof coverings, chimney re-pointing fascias and soffits,
and gutter replacements will also be included if required so that
Medway gets the best value for money. Subject to Section 20, party
wall issues and weather, all the work is planned to be completed by
the end of the financial year.
- Environmental improvements – Work was carried out at
Davenport Avenue garage sites to improve parking and the look of
the estate. Two of the sections were completely demolished for
parking areas and the middle section was rebuilt. An access ramp
was installed to the flats at Hawkhurst Avenue to improve
accessibility for residents.
Fire Protection Works
At the end of 2013 we introduced our new
Management of Fire Risks in Communal Areas Policy in order to
reduce the risk of fires in communal areas. Since the introduction
of the policy we have worked to ensure that all communal areas are
free from hazards and that these areas continue to be inspected
As a result of the assessment, works for
communal areas in block of flats have been carried out to improve
your safety. Where necessary we have replaced, upgraded or repaired
communal doors, emergency lighting, entrance doors, glazing,
service access cupboards, refuse chutes, ventilation and signage.
Over the next year, we plan to further invest around £1 million to
improve the safety in your home.
External Decoration Programme
View the external decoration
programme to find out when your area is next due for