Date: 26/09/2018

The first renovation under Fortem’s new contract in Charnwood has started with the installation of a new kitchen.

Earlier this year Fortem were awarded a five-year contract to deliver improvements, including new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems to homes across Charnwood Borough Council. The multi-million pound contract is now in full swing, with Antsey resident Ann Houghton receiving the first new kitchen from Fortem.

To mark the occasion Geoff Parkinson, Fortem’s Director of Business Solutions, was accompanied by Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, the Council’s Lead Member for Major Contracts and Trish Edwardes, Chair of the Housing Management Advisory Board to take a look at the work and present some flowers to Miss Houghton.

Miss Houghton was extremely pleased with the whole experience and said, “My new kitchen is lovely; I’m really pleased with it and I can’t fault the workmen who fitted it. They were always polite and considerate while working in my home and finished the job as quickly as possible.

“I was kept well informed from start to finish and the small details such as the trims on the edge of worktops and a UPVC window board make all the difference. I was also able to have a say on what I wanted, which made it more of a personalised experience.”

The kitchen features high gloss white cupboard fronts with stainless steel handles, white tiles and a smooth worktop. It has also been fitted with an accessible water switch to ensure water to the property can be turned off with ease.

Cllr Leigh Harper Davies, said “I visited Miss Houghton’s home and I’m genuinely impressed with the quality of the kitchen, how it’s been fitted and Fortem’s communication with our tenant.

“Fortem have had a positive start to their contract and I hope it continues with the other home improvements they’ll be making across the borough.”