With the Government continually challenging the social housing sector to provide ever greater standards of comfort and energy efficiency for residents, UK Contractor Lawtech Group is playing its part in the delivery of homes which are not only warm, dry, secure and meet the Decent Homes Standard but also offer high quality kitchens and bathrooms.
Ageing, inefficient and poor social housing has become a pressing issue in recent years which is why Lawtech has drawn on its industry-recognised expertise to transform and improve the quality of life of residents in some of the most run down estates in the UK. Having recently completed refurbishments of more than 300 homes across North & East London, Lawtech prides itself on retrofits completed within budget and to the highest standards, taking it to a level beyond a set of regulations.
David Smith, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Lawtech, commented: “We believe decent homes work should be exactly that, not just refurbishing homes to a regulation, a minimum standard, but to a ‘decent home’ that you would be happy living in. And a key part of any home is the kitchen and bathroom.”
While the key to any retrofit is forming a partnership with the key stakeholders, it’s also vitally important to engage with the residents. Proper and effective resident consultation cannot be understated. In the case of kitchens and bathrooms, the Lawtech Survey team can not only design a kitchen to meet a regulation, but they will also have a view on whether the retrofit design is possible and satisfies a resident’s individual needs.
It is after all their homes that are being refurbished. If you engage with them and they like what is being done then they will be more likely to look after it after the refurbishment works have been carried out. This will also help with the smooth running of the project. Pilot phases on estates will allow other residents to see what has been achieved prior to roll out.
Michelle MaCalef, from North London, said: “I was very impressed with the level of communication and the care taken in my home by the workmen. The fact Lawtech went to every length to work with my housing provider to give me the kitchen I wanted meant the world to me.”
Central to Lawtech’s ‘decent home’ approach is to provide a first-rate service and customer interaction. Lawtech’s skilled team of designers, surveyors, and energy specialists regularly assist clients to maximise regeneration opportunities, offering advice and practical assistance for planning, funding, product specification and lifecycle costs.