The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and contractor United House have picked up two prestigious accolades for their upgrade work on the Harts Lane Estate.
United and the council won “climate change adaptation retrofit of the year” at the Sustainable Housing Awards for works carried out on Mersea House and Clone House on the estate.
United House also won “sustainable larger housing retrofit project of the year” at the recent ceremony, which took place at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel.
The extensive low-carbon retrofit took 13 months and involved some 200 homes. It also included securing a £3.6 million climate-change grant from the Greater London Authority.
The works included the fitting of insulated cladding to the exterior of both blocks, improving the appearance of the buildings and reducing heat loss.
Councillor Phil Walker, the council's housing lead, said the awards were fitting recognition of the authority’s work in partnership with United House.
“The works have improved the quality of the flats and have brought them up to decent homes standard,“ he said.
“The changes are good for the environment, and will also lead to warmer flats and lower fuel bills.”
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