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New jobs are set to be created as work begins to replace windows in 11,500 former council houses in Coventry.

Replacement windows will be installed in around 16 homes every working day for the next three years to meet targets.

And unemployed people in the city who are suitable to do the work could be given jobs by contractors, to help them complete the programme on schedule. 

The work is being carried out by Graham Holmes Astraseal and Anglian Windows, after they were awarded contracts by Whitefriars Housing Group.

Whitefriars, which has taken over the running of the city's 20,196 former council homes, says the work has been the most eagerly awaited amongst tenants.

Astraseal will work on homes in the north of the city, while Anglian looks after those in the south.

Astraseal deputy managing director David Nunley said:

"We are working very closely with Whitefriars on what is a major project, and we have set up a depot in Coventry to be able to be close to the job.

"We intend recruiting and training people in Coventry, including young unemployed people, who will be trained to National Vocational Qualification Level 2 and 3 by our own trainers.

“But we are also keen to recruit people who may already have window fitting experience."

Anglian divisional director Steve Lawrence said:

"We already have an established labour base that will help us to complete the work, which includes local staff who would not otherwise have work in the area, and we have already set up an installation depot in the south of the city."

Whitefriars chief executive Howard Farrand said:

"We knew before the windows work began that it was what tenants wanted done first, above all else.

“Not only did they want the look of their homes improved, but those opting for double-glazed windows will be able to heat their homes more efficiently, so they'll save money.

"Several homes will have to be worked on every day throughout the next three years for that to happen, but it does not mean quality will be compromised.

“Indeed, high levels of quality and of customer service were key factors in the awarding of the windows contracts, and we are confident Astraseal and Anglian will meet our exacting standards."

Other work Whitefriars will carry out in its first year includes:

  • re-wiring in more than 1,000 homes
  • re-roofing
  • central heating installation
  • boiler replacements
  • security door fitting in 50 blocks of flats
  • repairs to fascias, soffits and bargeboards on 500 homes
  • loft insulation upgrades to 2,000 home
  • environmental works
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