An event, held by Thirteen’s design and delivery team and JH Mechanical Services showcased the work which will begin next week at Bamburgh Court, in the Clavering area of the town and gave customers the chance to speak to the team and ask questions.

The first phase of the work involves a full upgrade to the heating and hot water system, which means the customers will benefit from a new communal heating control system and high levels of energy efficiency.

Thirteen’s design and delivery project manager Dave Butler said: “Accommodation like Bamburgh Court helps people to live independently and it has been home to some customers here for many years, so it’s important that we continue to ensure it meets modern living standards.

“While not all of our investment work is visible, the work that we’re carrying out here will make such a difference to all of the residents and ensure that they have a heating and hot water system that is fit for the future.”

This year’s investment plans will involve carrying out £34.1m of internal and external improvements on homes across the Tees Valley. This includes replacing over 215 kitchens and around 80 bathrooms. Almost 1,640 properties will receive new windows and 680 properties will receive new external doors.

The work will help reduce our customer’s fuel bills, with around 1,760 new boilers being installed over the year, making homes more energy efficient and cost effective.

Over the next five years Thirteen has plans to invest over £1billion into improving homes for existing customers, building new homes, making improvements to neighbourhoods and into the support services offered to customers.