Housing association to invest £3m improving Midlothian homes

Tenants of Melville Housing Association are to see big improvements to their homes over the coming year thanks to a £3 million investment programme that will also see funds set aside to help meet Scotland’s net zero goals.

Housing association to invest £3m improving Midlothian homes

Melville homes in Poltonhall

Investment in the new financial year beginning April 1, funded almost entirely from rental income, will see the replacement of 220 central heating systems, bathrooms and kitchens as well as paying for new roofs, doors, windows and structural repairs.

“The ongoing Covid pandemic continues to throw up challenges however our planned maintenance teams have performed really well over the past 12 months, catching up on the outstanding work that resulted from lockdown,” said Nancy Booth, Melville’s head of property services.

“Moving forward the biggest challenge we face is the climate crisis and the need for us all to massively reduce our carbon emissions. We will be investing significant sums to ensure we meet our net zero targets while at the same time providing the high quality, affordable and most of all energy efficient homes that the country needs and that our tenants deserve.”

The biggest area of investment this year will be heating systems, with more than a hundred older, less-efficient boilers due to be replaced. Melville has estimated that in the coming years more than £80m will be needed in order to meet its net zero obligations and has made a start by putting aside funds for air source heat pumps. These greener alternatives to traditional gas boilers, which are to be gradually phased out by the Scottish Government, will be an option for any Melville tenant who is having their heating replaced.

Further details on the £3,029,766 investment programme include:

  • Melville will be fitting 103 new heating systems, mostly in Gorebridge and Mayfield
  • 77 new bathrooms will be fitted. More than half of these will be in Mayfield
  • 40 kitchens will be replaced across Melville’s stock
  • 19 roofs will be replaced, in Mayfield and Pathhead.

A timetable of Melville’s 2022/23 planned maintenance work is currently being finalised. All Melville tenants due a home upgrade will be contacted closer to the time.

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