Tackling Empty Homes with Steve Biko

Major refurbishment works start this week to turn a run-down Victorian villa in South Liverpool into five attractive apartments, aimed at local people in housing need.

It’s all part of HMS’ growing partnership with Steve Biko Housing Association (SBHA), which provides affordable homes primarily for Black & Racial Minority people.

Having delivered full gas servicing and maintenance solutions to SBHA since 2015, HMS signed a new three-year property maintenance contract with the association in April 2017.

Expansion into major home refurbishments aims to target the most challenging properties within SBHA’s housing portfolio – ensuring that once empty homes and those in disrepair are given a brand-new lease of life.

The first of several home refurbishment projects for SBHA - valued at £250,000 - will see HMS teams transform a red-brick villa on Croxteth Grove, Liverpool 8, into five modern flats.

The 26-week project will focus first on essential structural and damp-related repair works throughout the three-storey property. A new damp-proof course will be installed, along with a new roof and windows.

The team will also undertake a full internal refit, making sure each home is brought up to modern living standards.

HMS Operations Director John Barrow said, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Steve Biko Housing Association into major home refurbishments.

“Our teams have a wealth of experience delivering large-scale property improvements for North West housing associations - helping to transform neighbourhoods through high-quality refurbishment works.”

Each year sees HMS refurbish over 1,200 empty homes on behalf of social landlords.

Read more about our Property Improvement and Refurbishment services.



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