All change at tower block

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BRANDON Court in Motherwell has been transformed following the completion of a £2 million cladding and re-roofing project carried out by North Lanarkshire Council.

Work began last year on the 18-storey building, located above Brandon Shopping Centre, which was the final tower block of 12 in Motherwell and 48 across North Lanarkshire to have insulation cladding fitted.

Replacement windows and heating have also helped improve insulation and reduce tenants’ heating bills, with the ventilation systems within the flats have also been upgraded.

INSTALLATION

Further improvements at Brandon and towers across Motherwell include the installation of new CCTV systems, automated door entry and ramped access to provide easier access for elderly and infirm tenants.

New external lighting and the redecoration of communal areas inside also make for a much better living environment.

Councillor Sam Love, convener of housing and social work services, said: “The improvement work at Brandon Court is another big step in our commitment to modernising our housing stock.

“It improves the look and quality of the building and most importantly makes a real difference to our tenants by providing them with warmer and safer homes to live in.”

TENANTS

“The works at Brandon Court are part of our Tower Strategy which will provide safe, sustainable and attractive places to live for our current and future tenants.”

Over the past 10 years, the council has spent £19.54 million on refurbishing tower blocks in the Motherwell area and over £56 million on improvements to tower blocks across North Lanarkshire.

The Motherwell Times has regularly reported on leaks and water ingress within Brandon Tower and Brandon Court Tenants Association secretary Jim Milligan says after years of waiting the work has made a big difference.

He said: “At times some people’s housing was virtually unlivable, one flat had plastic sheeting all over the floors and 19 buckets such was the level of water penetration.

CLADDING

“More should have been done to help residents, but I am at least pleased to say that now the over cladding work is finally complete that it has made a big difference.

“I have not received any reports of water ingress so it seems the problem has been solved.”

There is still an outstanding compensation claim by residents against the council and Mr Milligan hopes it will be dealt with soon.

He added: “I put in a claim on behalf of 40 residents for the inconvenience and embarrassment the water ingress caused and was told it would be dealt with after the cladding was complete.

“Now it has been I am expecting to receive an answer any time now.”