Project name

Harrow Kitchens & Bathrooms

Client

Harrow Council

Value

£6,500,000

Location

Harrow

The Task

Durkan was engaged by the London Borough of Harrow in 2012 to complete kitchen and bathroom replacements together with electrical rewiring and upgrades to 202 properties throughout the borough.

Our excellent performance led to a further award of 38 units to the scheme bringing the total number of completed homes to 240. As well as occupied family properties scattered across Harrow, the framework also included refurbishment works to many sheltered blocks in the borough.

Having secured a further two phases of works with Harrow Council’s sheltered schemes we have now delivered improvements to over 1,000 homes within the borough including new kitchens and bathrooms (with occupational therapist mobility adaptions), electrical rewires, asbestos identification and removal.

  • Harrow Council serves a highly diverse community and a large proportion of our customers were Bengali speakers. We appointed a Resident Liaison Team of whom 70% were recruited within the borough (and 50% of whom were fluent Bengali speakers)

  • Using our expertise and buying power, we achieved value for money by delivering the ‘Better Homes’ standard for the same price as Decent Homes

  • We installed two free communal kitchens at Watkins House and Harkett Court sheltered schemes as a thank you for allowing the use of constrained car parks for our site set up.

Testimonial

“Durkan did a fantastic job delivering our kitchens and bathrooms programme. Their sensitive approach to our residents made a real difference and has contributed enormously to the success of the programme. We wish to thank them for their generosity and community spirit.”

Sid Adni, Scheme Coordinator, Harkett Court, Harrow Council

Harrow’s Heroes

Durkan took part in sponsorship for the Harrow’s Heroes Awards 2015. This provided an opportunity to recognise the work done by volunteers in the borough and give us direct access to voluntary or third sector organisations that we could work with on Harrow projects.

Examples include:

  • Engaging with social enterprises that we can support through buying goods and/or services

  • Providing work experience/employment opportunities for service users

  • Offering material support to for activities and events that support community sustainability

Female apprentice De’Andre Blake

At the age of 15 De’Andre had completed a work experience placement on a construction site, first looking to bricklaying, after working for a few days she was given the option to try carpentry and if she didn’t like it she could return to bricklaying. De’Andre never looked back. As soon as De’Andre had left school she applied to Barnet College to join a Joinery and Carpentry NVQ Course.

De’Andre Blake (photo below) was one of three local female apprentices employed in Harrow and was shortlisted as Female Apprentice of the Year at the Women in Housing Awards.

Harrow Estates in bloom

Durkan supported the new Harrow borough initiative, which includes individuals and groups decorating and sculpting gardens across the borough’s estates for this year’s Harrow in Bloom competition. Durkan sponsored the Front Garden category and was involved in the prize giving, which took place in August 2015.

Refurbishment