Another housing award for Plus Dane


Homes given eco-friendly makeover

A futuristic re-fit of hard-to-heat properties in Middlewich has won a national award.

Work on properties in Kitfield Avenue caught the eye of judges at this year’s Brick Awards, in the best refurbishment and renovation category.

The on-going project, which is being carried out by Plus Dane Group, will see eco-friendly external insulation eventually installed on 40 of the housing association’s Middlewich properties.

The work is designed to significantly cut tenants’ heating bills and reduce carbon emissions. The use of brick slip cladding also gives the homes a smart new look.

Plus Dane’s investment team leader Colin Mountford said: "Customers who have had the works carried out have already commented on the reduction in their heating costs and are very enthusiastic about the improvement to the appearance of their homes.

"It is very satisfying to be able to carry out work like this and keep our promise to increase investment in existing homes.

"To win this award – against very stiff competition – is a great achievement for Plus Dane and our partners."

The houses are all of a solid wall construction and therefore are unsuitable for cavity wall insulation work, which would normally be used to reduce heat loss and solve damp issues.

Plus Dane’s solution has been to install a system using insulation panels on the outside of each property which have been covered with traditional-looking brick-slips.

Plus Dane, in partnership with APS of North Wales, is the first housing association in the country to retrofit using this "brickshield" system.

The annual Brick awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick. Each year hundreds of entries are submitted.