Contract signing marks £8m investment in DGHP homes

(from left) Front: Robert Higgins, DGHP chairman and Marion Gracie, operations director with SERS. Back: April Devlin, quantity surveyor with DGHP; Hugh Carr, DGHP’s director of finance; Jane Urquhart, DGHP’s senior investment manager; Andrew Thompson, interim director of investment and regeneration and Mo Muir, DGHP’s asset management officer

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) has signed a contract worth up to £8 million to invest in new external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, rendering and roofing for properties across the region.

Tenants in around 800 DGHP homes across Dumfries and Galloway will benefit from increased energy efficiency and reductions in the cost of heating their homes as a result of the award of the contract to SERS Energy Solutions (Scotland).

The programme is one of two major investment contracts to be signed to benefit tenants in Dumfries and Galloway, with a contract for new windows to follow shortly.

In detail, the programme will see tenants benefit from improved levels of insulation, external weather tightness and an improved external appearance.

Chairman of DGHP, Robert Higgins, said: “The £8m programme will provide much needed investment in properties across the region and is indicative of the commitment of DGHP to improve tenants’ homes.

“These works will ensure improved energy efficiency for our properties and, most importantly, result in our tenants homes being heated better, often with reduced fuel bills.”

The programme, which will begin in the spring of this year, is expected to last two years. DGHP will be in touch with tenants directly in due course about works being carried out.

Marion Gracie, operations director with SERS, said: “We are delighted to be working with DGHP on this programme and we hope to replicate the success of past contracts ensuring high quality and efficient insulation measures. We look forward to meeting with the tenants across Dumfries and Galloway during the contract.”