New World continues to invest in its properties to ensure that our residents have homes that meet or exceed a decent standard. Periodically we employ surveyors to undertake a comprehensive stock condition survey of all our properties to provide an accurate and independent overview of our maintenance requirements now and in the future. This allows us to budget and plan ahead in order to deliver timely upgrades of kitchens, bathrooms or heating systems for instance.
Since our last survey in 2015, we have responded to the information from our surveyors by undertaking several large projects. Timber framed windows and French Doors in over 35 properties have been replaced with modern, energy efficient uPVC equivalents. Plans are currently underway for another 10 properties to be similarly upgraded in the coming months.
In the same period, nearly 60 kitchens have been completely refurbished. Our contractors not only replace the kitchen units and worktops, new flooring, tiling and decoration are included as well as an upgrade of the consumer unit (fuse board), lighting, extractor fan and smoke/heat alarm system. New World is committed to an ongoing programme of kitchen re-fits and at least 15 properties will be similarly upgraded in the next 12 months.