Swansea Council cooking up £39 million homes upgrade
THOUSANDS of families in Swansea will soon benefit from new kitchens thanks to a £39 million investment.
The city council is spending the money over the next four years on its 13,000-strong housing stock.
Businesses who are interested in carrying out some of the work are being urged to contact the authority as soon as possible.
The revamp is being funded by the council's Housing Revenue Account (HRA).
Funding of this type is ring-fenced and can only be spent on improvement schemes in council houses.
Phase one, expected to be complete by the end of March next year, is ongoing in the Penlan area.
Homes on Conway Court and Conway Road are among the 180 that will benefit.
Cabinet member for place June Burtonshaw said: "This is a major investment that will see thousands of people of all ages benefitting in some of our most deprived communities.
"Modern kitchen facilities are vital to people's wellbeing and the feedback we've had from tenants who've benefited so far has been tremendous.
"Upgrades of this nature will also help our housing stock reach the Welsh Government Housing Quality Standard.
"But we want local companies to benefit from the works programme too because we recognise the impact schemes of this type can have on the Swansea economy.
"This is why we'd ask any firm that would like to find out more about the opportunities that may be available for them as part of this project to get in touch as soon as possible."
A second phase of works will follow in the spring that will see a further 260 kitchens installed. Thousands more homes will also benefit by 2017.
Local companies who'd like further details and the chance to contribute should access the tender opportunity via the Welsh Government's Sell to Wales website. Online returns are needed by Monday November 4.