BHP launches £4.45 million warmer homes project on Kilburn estate


Residents of an estate in Kilburn have been invited to a special ‘Halloween’ coffee morning on Wednesday 26 October, to discuss plans for a £4.45 million project which will provide them with warmer and more energy efficient homes.

The residents of Watling Gardens, which is managed by a tenant management organisation (TMO), will have a chance to see plans, ask questions and be involved in the warmer home project whilst also meeting Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) officers and contractors over a cup of coffee and some cake. There will also be activities, games and a Halloween dress-up for the young people on the estate.

Over the coming months BHP (who are managing the works on the estate) will be working with British Gas and their contractor Lawtech to improve the energy efficiency and long term maintenance of three tower blocks and 11 bungalows.

The project which begins on site this month, will see the installation of solid wall insulation, upgrading of the district heating system, replacement windows and new flat roofs for 134 flats. The works are being funded by Brent Council and £2.4m of ECO funding through British Gas.

The properties in Watling Gardens have historically been expensive to heat, due to the original design, lack of insulation and inadequate heating, resulting in some residents suffering issues with cold and damp.

Once complete, the scheme should help tenants cut their bills as they’ll be using less energy and will find their homes much warmer and more comfortable. The work will transform the look of the blocks with the external wall insulation giving the tower blocks a fresh, modern look.

Greg Birch, Head of Property at BHP said: “BHP are delighted to be working with British Gas to install the energy efficiency measures to our homes on Watling Gardens, which will reduce residents’ heating costs and improve their living environment.”

Steve Gapik, Head of Business Development, Local Authorities and Housing Associations at British Gas, said: “The new insulation, heating systems and double glazing means hundreds of residents will have warmer, quieter and more energy efficient homes. The improvements will help them to manage their bills and save money too.”