Working together to improve homes

Posted on 17 April 2023

Collaborative working meant we could deliver new windows and improve communal spaces for our residents in Peckham, with minimal disruption.

Carrying out work safely and efficiently, with as little disruption to residents as possible, is always one of our priorities. However, with three separate improvement projects scheduled for our homes at Nazareth Gardens and Gordon Road in Peckham – window installation, communal refurbishments and repair work - we knew this could mean a lot of inconvenience to our residents. But our teams and contractors knew that working collaboratively and carrying out the work as a joint programme, would keep disruption to a minimum.

Ann Miller, our Property Contracts Manager explained: “Our teams and contractors Anglian Building Products and Ian Williams Ltd, joined up and worked together to complete the projects at the same time – saving time. For example, one thing we know is that residents don’t like having scaffold in front of their windows, blocking out the light – so working together meant that scaffolding only needed to be erected one time instead of three, also shortening the length of time spent on site.”

Our contractors working closely together meant that the improvement work at Nazareth Gardens and Gordon Road could be carried out efficiently and effectively. Newly installed double-glazed windows help keep our residents’ homes warm – which is vital during these challenging times. Areas of the building received a full facelift and fresh paint, and new vinyl flooring and carpet have been laid. The building’s clock tower has been repaired and decorated and our in-house repairs and maintenance team carried out roof works, replaced rainwater pipes, and fitted new bin store doors.

Ann said: “By working closely together, along with our health and safety consultant, Baily Garner, our contractors helped us save time and money, with minimum disruption – all factors which have benefitted our residents. These renovations will improve our residents’ homes for years to come.”

Nazareth Gardens and Gordon Road, Peckham is a mixture of 62 flats and houses. The building was originally a convent and in the mid-18th century, it was used as a workhouse for 110 aged and infirmed paupers.