Preparations well under way for Saltcoats tower blocks refurbishment
Major plans for an extensive refurbishment of Saltcoats’ two tower blocks are gathering pace.
In 2018, North Ayrshire Council committed to upgrading Lambie Court and O’Connor Court following a vote by residents.
Since then, Council officers have been drawing together plans for the major refurbishment which will include internal and external works.
North Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet is expected to approve a tender for the external works when it meets on Tuesday, January 21.
The external works will be delivered first and are currently expected to get underway in Spring 2020 with completion in Winter 2020.
The £1.5 million external works will see both tower blocks fully re-rendered as it became clear during preparatory investigations that both buildings have experienced water ingress. The work will also include the fitting of new windows.
When re-rendering is finished, it is expected that work will be able to start on the internal refurbishment, which will take approximately one year to complete.
These works will include:
Full rewiring of flats to current standards including full upgrade of smoke detectionInstallation of replacement central heating
Kitchen replacement in individual properties, if due within 5 years Bathroom replacement in individual properties, if due within 5 yearsInstallation of fire suppressant system to individual propertiesAlterations to conceal services, including lowering of ceilings
Full decoration on completionReplacement of flat entrance doors
Replacement of internal pass doorsInstallation of Infrastructure to allow residents to receive SkyQ
And the following works to common areas:
Installation of fire suppressant systemReplacement of door entry systemReplacement of front and rear common entrance doorsDecoration and replacement of floor finishes to ground floor entrance areas
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said:
“This refurbishment of the high flats will be a major investment in the future of Lambie Court and O’Connor Court, ensuring their long-term viability for years to come.
“Over the past months, we have been putting together the comprehensive programme for the delivery of works. Throughout this process, we have maintained regular contact with our residents, and I’d like to thank them for their co-operation throughout.
“Undoubtedly, there is likely to be some level of disruption when works gets underway, but we fully expect the end result to be worth it. Residents can be assured that we will continue to work closely with them to minimise any convenience and disruption.”