The latest news from across Heath Town, brought to you by Wolverhampton Homes, the council, and our partners.
A message from the City of Wolverhampton Council
Welcoming Engie, our new building contractor
We are pleased to announce that our building contractor, Engie Regeneration Ltd, have set up their onsite office just off Hobgate Road. We’ve done this as they will have access to the car park owned by The Church of the Pentecost, minimising traffic on Hobgate Road. Engie will also supply their own Tenant Liaison Officer, who you will be able to contact if you have any questions. Their details will be shared shortly.
Residents may see work taking place on a new turning head being built, which is essentially a turn in the road at the end of Hobgate Road. The old turning head will be taken out after the new one is complete to allow for building work to start.
The four housing development sites that Engie are working on are on Hobgate Road and Tithe Croft, and in the next few weeks they will be closed off to allow the works to begin. The temporary car parks will be out of use so please make other arrangements.
Local Lettings Plan
Michelle Garbett, Housing Policy Officer, is drafting Heath Town's Local Lettings Plan which is being developed using the feedback from residents. Thank you to all those who took part in the focus group. Once finished, the draft will be shared with the local tenant and resident association for their feedback.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Michelle Garbett, Housing Policy Officer
Updates from us at Wolverhampton Homes
Working together on building improvements
It’s a joint effort with residents, the council and United Living to bring you an estate to be proud of. We hope you’re enjoying the improvements so far! Here’s a few updates from us:
- United Living continue to progress works to the deck access blocks across the estate. Most of the blocks have had new external wrapping and roofing, as well as balcony and stairwell improvements. You'll also see improved frontages, including new windows
- we are aiming to complete all the works on the deck access blocks by the end of 2021. This will include new car parking areas and landscaping
- scaffolding to the final blocks at Chervil Rise has been installed; this will allow for the installation of new roofs and a bright new external wrap
- improvements to all existing and new stair towers are going well
- new lighting to the multi-use games area on Long Ley are being installed to allow for all year gaming
- we'll soon start enabling works to Campion and Longfield House - we will keep residents updated
If you have any questions for us at Wolverhampton Homes, please contact us:
Please share any photos you may have of the estate on social media. We are so proud of how it looks so far, and we hope you are too!
Improving the high-rise blocks
We have started refurbishing the high-rise blocks. When finished, they will have been given a fresh new look, inside and out, as well as being more energy efficient. We expect the work on all eight blocks to be complete in early 2024.
We are improving fire safety in all blocks with sprinkler systems and new fire alarms. Buildings will be erected near each block to house the water tank for the block's sprinkler system. Residents living in Brockfield House will have seen that United Living, the contractor doing the work, has already made a start on the ground works. They are also making improvements to the communal areas. We expect that all work to Brockfield House will be finished in early 2023. Work at Campion House starts in March 2022, and Longfield House starts Autumn 2022.
Starting early September and lasting around three months, scaffolding will be erected around Brockfield House. This will allow us to wrap the block so it'll look great and improve energy efficiency. We'll also replace the windows and rainwater pipes. All high-rise blocks will benefit from this as well as modern new entrances. All the materials used in the project will be non-combustible to ensure the highest standards of fire safety. Most of this work will be carried out from the scaffold outside your home as we do our best to minimise disruption.
Inside, communal areas will be upgraded with new floors, ceilings, and doors. Doors to homes will be replaced with new fire rated doors. We will also be installing sprinklers, kitchen extractor fans, and new living room doors. We may need access to your home for a short period of time to carry out this work.
To complete the look, all areas around the blocks will be improved with resurfaced footpaths and parking. This will include the existing car parks at the front and rear of Campion House.
Providing affordable housing
We are consulting with customers on how they feel about the proposed conversion of some of the ground floor areas to new homes.
For more information please contact:
Liz Kent, Capital Projects Officer
A message from United Living
Your safety remains our priority
We continue to follow government guidance around Covid-19 and have procedures in place to ensure everyone's safety. If we need to enter your home, our teams will wear personal protection equipment, including face masks, and will maintain social distancing. Our team may ask you to move into another room while they carry out their work.
The car park at 1-225 Chervil Rise is now complete and we are sure you will agree it looks amazing! We've now started making improvements to the car parks at Hobgate Road and Tithe Croft near Long Ley. Watch this space!
Check out the new blocks!
Now the scaffolding is coming down at Clover Ley, you can see the vibrant colours of the blocks. Which colour is your favourite? We are sure you’ll agree that improvements across the estate are really starting to shine through. Thank you for your cooperation so far.
We will shortly be starting work on improving Brockfield House. Upgrades will include:
- new roof
- updated foyer and landing areas
- new windows and doors
- sprinkler system
- fire and building safety works
Before the work can begin, we need to do some enabling works. This means groundwork excavation to the front and rear of your block and preparations for new electrical cabling in some communal areas and stairways.
We will contact you in the coming weeks to explain what this will mean for you. For now, check out what the estate will look like soon enough. Exciting!
Your Resident Liaison Officers (RLOs) are here to support you. They are your best point of contact for all questions regarding the work.
Stella Bird, Senior RLO
Helps with customer care queries
Helen Benton, RLO
Supports with window installations, roofing and external works questions
United Living’s free phone number is also available during evenings and weekends:
“Hi everyone. I hope you continue to stay safe and well. It’s been great seeing many of you as I’ve been out and about on the estate. Heath Town is looking amazing! Thank you for your help keeping the estate clean and tidy. If you see me around – please say hello!”
Amie, Tenancy Officer
Hope Community Project
Providing local families with food at low cost
To join their food club, all you need is a £1 annual subscription then every week they will provide you with a bag of food worth at least £10 for just £3 per week. Bags may vary dependent on stock and you can come every week or just once a month. To join, you must live within one mile of their centre and be able to pick up your food on:
- Wednesdays between 1pm and 2pm
- Thursdays between 10am and 11am
Collection only from their address: Hope Community Project, 40 Ling House, Long Ley, Wolverhampton, WV10 0HH
For more information, please call their free number on 0800 772 3651 or email them on email@example.com
Beat the Street!
Take part in Beat the Street this summer in Wolverhampton. It's a fun, free initiative that will see the city transformed into a giant game! See how far you can walk, cycle and roll in just four weeks. There are some great challenges to enjoy and prizes up for grabs. You can sign up today but the game doesn't start until Tuesday 20 July and ends on Tuesday 17 August.
Good news stories
Have you been involved in community projects and want to share your successes? Is there something you'd like to share with residents in future newsletters? Get in touch with Evelyn from our Community Development team and she'd be happy to help.
Evelyn Brown, Community Development Officer