Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association

Value: £400,000
Client: BPHA

The Project

Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association is located in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor, BPHA are committed to providing its customers with high quality, value for money services whilst continuing to develop energy efficient, sustainable and affordable housing. They are a leading provider and developer of affordable homes – for rent, sheltered, residential care and shared ownership. BPHA work together with communities – to improve opportunities, independence and quality of life for residents, and to benefit the wider community. BPHA own or manage over 18,500 homes and employ 400 staff.

Type of works

Works include:

  • BPHA’s portfolio of houses and flats.
  • Leasehold and general needs
  • Sheltered accommodation
  • Supported living for the elderly
  • Children’s homes

External works includes:

  • Cleaning down and repairing UPVC windows,
  • Painting the fascia’s and soffits.
  • Painting the rendering and doors. Some doors are UPVC and some are painted, mixture of both
  • Works to high and medium rise blocks
  • Pre paint repairs to fascias, soffits, doors, gates and timber windows

Internal works includes:

  • Full redecoration to all the communal areas, staircases, bin stores and corridors in the flats.
  • Doors also cleaned down and prepped for painting works.

As part of a collaborative community investment programme, Bell Group, Letchworth worked with bpha to highlight opportunities where donations of time or items can bring benefits to residents. During surveying of future works at Gordon Colling House, it was noted how much the residents used their garden and that some of its furniture could do with a refresh.

Bell Group have also carried out other community investment projects with BPHA, including:

  • Painting of lampposts at Princess Street, Bedford
  • Support with providing materials and painter to paint grey concrete perimeter wall of scheme in green. Idea is to make the communal garden area a more inviting shared space for the residents to enjoy
  • Presentation to residents of recently revitalised x3 benches for sheltered scheme

About BPHA

Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) was founded in 1990 following a consultation with North Bedfordshire tenants who voted in favour of the creation of a Housing Association to manage their properties. The new organisation raised funds and purchased the housing stock of North Bedfordshire Borough Council. Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association – now known simply as bpha – initially provided rented housing for residents. Since 1990 Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association has continued to grow and develop new homes for customers in the East of England. The services they offer have diversified considerably and now include a range of rented homes, housing for older people and low-cost home ownership. Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association continues to work closely with Bedford Borough Council and the communities of Bedford whilst also now operating in neighbouring counties across the East of England.

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