millions to be ploughed into sbha properties

Alan Vass, technical director at Scottish Borders Housing Association
Alan Vass, technical director at Scottish Borders Housing Association

A £2MILLION upgrade of Scottish Borders Housing Association properties in the town has been announced.

The extensive project, which is part of a £7million investment programme to bring SBHA homes to Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS), will affect 540 properties.

Starting this summer it will include heating upgrades in Silverbuthall, Stirches and the West End, as well as new bathrooms for 132 homes across the town.

Later in the year the kitchen replacement programme moves into Burnfoot, Silverbuthall and Stirches.

The full breakdown of houses receiving the work is: Central and others – 132 bathrooms; Silverbuthall/Stirches, West End – 117 heating; Silverbuthall/Stirches and Burnfoot – 187 kitchens. Hawick, various – works to improve properties to SHQS – 104.

Alan Vass, director of technical services, said: “We are planning to spend over £2million in Hawick this financial year and SBHA are delighted to bring so much investment into the town’s economy.

“This is great news for Hawick tenants, although many homes in Hawick already meet SHQS standards.

“In terms of upgrading their homes it brings the association closer to achieving the 100 per cent target.

“A large part of the programme will be delivered by our in-house maintenance division, a significant employer in the local construction industry.”

Works are currently being developed to go out to tender. Once tenders are awarded the contractors will commence on site later in the summer/autumn.

Mr Vass added: “Tenants can contact us to find out if they are on this year’s list, but we will also write to them to let them know their home is receiving an improvement and provide a rough idea of timescale.”

n Meanwhile, SBHA and Waverley Housing will be writing to all Stonefield residents shortly to invite them to an update session (May/early June) and keep them informed of the work being carried out behind the scenes (legal), advise on any moves and what arrangements are being put in place to accommodate everyone’s needs and when works are likely to commence.