KWL has recently been refurbishing houses on Margaret Street, Derby Street and All Saints Street. The properties are being brought back into use after standing empty and vandalised for several years.
The refurbishment is part of Hull City Council’s empty homes project aimed at bringing these types of property back into use and providing much needed housing for residents in the city.
The properties were 12 purpose built 3-bed flats and 5 x 3 bedroomed houses for NHS staff, thought to have been built in the late 1980/early 1990s. The properties were in poor condition and this had a detrimental effect on the area and its residents with all the houses boarded up.
Work started on site April 2018 and will be completed April 2020. Four of the 3‑bedroomed flats are currently being converted to 8 x 1-bed flats giving a total of 21 properties for rent, of these five are now HMO (Housing of Multiple Occupancy). Residents have been moving in since the first properties were completed in January 2019.
The work to the properties included structural alterations, roof repairs, new kitchens, bathrooms, electrical rewire, a gas heating installation, re-plastering and tiling, decoration and floor coverings.
The work has been primarily delivered by KWL tradesmen and apprentices. These types of scheme provide excellent opportunities to develop and enhance apprentices core skills.