Works to transform homes and blocks has continued to move across the estate quickly in recent weeks with the removal of paint on exterior block walls in open blocks, the completion of most window installations in the last block, Quennel House. Also many more residents now have brand new secure doors to their homes.
Weir Estate which has been undergoing major work to homes with the installation of much needed new double glazed windows and doors since October last year, has now moved into one of its final vital phases of brightening all internal areas of estate blocks with a new coat of paint.
The four open fronted blocks have now been stripped of the old paint and are due to get a similar colour applied in the next couple of weeks. Works to paint communal areas in closed blocks has already been largely completed.
Recently scaffolding on two more blocks along with Weir House, West and Jewell House has been taken down revealing a brighter looking appearance after windows were installed to communal stairwells and homes which has reversed years of deterioration of Weir Estate bringing a new era to the area, much to the delight of residents.
WERA has continued to monitor the progress of works as it has continued to move across the estate as well as working closely with Contractor Breyer Group. Chair, Dave McEvoy said of the works “Everyday we are seeing fantastic progress and the results of the changes being made to our Estate, I am delighted to see a much brighter future not to mention the security this will bring to those living on our estate.”
Works are not expected to finish on the estate before the middle of this year as more scaffolding is removed.
Painting works had been hampered by damp and long term damage to the brick works in estate blocks which has had to be corrected before a new coat of paint can be applied to the open fronted blocks.
Residents have seen drastic changes to the condition of their homes following the installation of Windows such as the reduction in heating bills and improved security.
Works which have been part of a program of works to five estates across Lambeth and funded as part of Lambeth Living Major works took place after pressure by WERA to bring much needed change after 60 years of metal windows which in most cases had buckled and bowed as well run down and tired looking blocks. The new coats of paint will bring a long awaited improvement to the appearance of the estate and residents will be invited to join WERA for a ribbon cutting event to mark the end of the works and new beginning for Weir Estate.
Dave added “I believe this is a significant change to our estate and we should celebrate the new era that this will bring to so many and to a whole estate, I am hoping residents will join us in commemorate this.”
Residents will be able to read a new update in the coming week from Breyer group.