Carl Yale

Council selects Lovell for £9.7m flats refurbishment



Lovell has been selected by Sandwell Council to carry out a £9.7m improvement programme for three blocks of flats at the Lion Farm Estate, Oldbury in the West Midlands.

The housebuilder will be responsible for the 18-month, internal and external refurbishment of the high-rises, which were built in the 1960s.

The three, 13-storey buildings – Harry Price House, Hackwood House and Wallace House – contain more than 200 individual flats.

The refurbishment is expected to start this month and will include new windows, balcony doors and panels, and the fitting of fire-resistant, insulated external cladding.

Lovell will also install new lifts and new door entry systems, create extra car parking, carry out landscaping and redecorate the communal areas.

The current residents will remain living in their homes, so Lovell will do everything possible to minimise disruption, including providing a respite facility for their use during the day.

“We are proud to be continuing our longstanding relationship with Sandwell Council through this latest refurbishment scheme,” said Carl Yale, regional refurbishment director at Lovell (pictured above).

“This is a major programme of work which will deliver important physical improvements for people’s homes as well as lasting community benefits for the area.”

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Sandwell’s cabinet member for housing, added: “I am really pleased that work is starting on the three high-rise blocks on the Lion Farm Estate, they really need modernising and I am sure tenants are looking forward to the transformation over the next year which will revitalise the whole estate.”


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