Turning up the heat for Draperstown residents
Published: Thur, 8 Feb 2018
Eight aluminium bungalows at Mallon Villas, Draperstown recently received an extensive face lift thanks to £186,000 investment by the Housing Executive.
The properties, built in 1950, were fitted with external cladding to improve thermal properties of the bungalows, while new roofing materials were fitted to ensure the properties will withstand the elements for many years to come.
New internal and external doors were also fitted to complete the works, and an external maintenance scheme was carried out to provide new driveways and paths around the properties.
Mallon Villas resident, Linda McConnell, said:
“The external cladding scheme has made such a difference to my home, it’s absolutely brilliant.
"Before the work commenced I had to have my heating on all the time, now I put the heating on for one hour in the evening – even during the recent heavy snow, just one hour was all that was needed to heat my home.
“It’s like a new house, no more old cladding to look at; the houses are beautiful, the scheme has really made such a positive impact in our lives and we are saving a fortune on our heating bills.
“The workmen from Hetherington’s were brilliant; they were very clean and tidy.
"I have absolutely no complaints and I really appreciate the investment the Housing Executive has made in my home.”
Our local Area Manager, Michael Dallat, said:
“We were aware these homes needed major investment works, and it has been very pleasing to not just improve the thermal efficiency of these bungalows, but to greatly improve the kerb appeal of the homes.
“This major investment ensures the Mallon Villas are fit for purpose for many more years to come.
"The Housing Executive is actively working to ensure that any remaining bungalows in its ownership with aluminium cladding receive similar thermal efficiency measures during the next financial year.”