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Enoch House refurbishment completed

7 July 2017

Enoch House Kitchen

A major project to refurbish Enoch House has finished, just over two years after work began on the sheltered housing scheme, in Magnolia Drive, Greenstead.

The £4.8 million project has been managed by Colchester Borough Homes and forms part of Colchester Borough Council's commitment to improving housing options for older people. It follows the success of the refurbishment to Worsnop House, on Old Heath Road, completed in March 2015.

The extensive refurbishment means residents will no longer have to share bathing facilities but will have modern apartments with well equipped kitchens and accessible wet rooms, as well as improved communal space to enjoy social activity.

Following the construction of a new wing of purpose-built flats, the total number of flats at Enoch House has increased to 36, with 33 one bed apartments and 3 two bed apartments, all of which are now occupied.

Other significant enhancements which were introduced as part of the refurbishment include:

  • Solar (photo-voltaic) roof panels

  • Upgraded heating and hot water systems, using a cutting-edge district heating system powered by an extremely efficient gas absorption heat pump

  • New electrical systems

  • Improved highly-efficient thermal insulation and triple-glazed windows throughout the building

  • Increased storage with built in wardrobes in the bedrooms and cupboards in the lobby and lounges

  • Solar tubes, which reflect natural light into corridors and entrance lobbies

  • A fire prevention sprinkler system

  • Patio doors either on to first-floor balconies and ground-floor patios

  • A warden call, CCTV and new door-entry security system

Residents were consulted on the design and decoration of their individual flats, including on the installation of fitted kitchens and bathrooms.

Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to complete all of the onsite refurbishment of Enoch House project with the minimum disruption to tenants.

"These improvements will improve the quality of life for older people locally, and have provided the opportunity for many to move into a smaller home, releasing family homes that are desperately needed in Colchester.

"On behalf of both the Council and Colchester Borough Homes, I would like to thank all of the tenants and local residents for their support and involvement throughout this superb project, and wish our tenants every happiness in their refurbished homes."