Residents are celebrating completion of a £10 million revamp to give their Sheffield estate a bright new look.
Apollo Group, contractors for Sheffield Council, have reclad 1,013 flats and maisonettes built in the 1960s and early 1970s on the Lansdowne, Leverton and Hanover estates, in Sharrow and Broomhall.
The scheme attracted controversy, with 83 leaseholders unhappy about their contributions to the cost, but the council says the overall cost is £3 million cheaper than originally predicted.
To mark the completion, Sheffield Council and Apollo joined tenants and residents for a celebration event, which included a party and activities.
Green Coun Jillian Creasy, who represents the Central ward and has raised issues on behalf of residents during the works, said: “There have been a few niggles but residents say that, overall, they are happier and the estate looks much better.
“Issues remain, though, because stairwells and bin stores were given only a new coat of paint, and sewage stacks still run inside through people’s homes. There has recently been a leak affecting six flats.”
Jackie Holloway, secretary of Lansdowne TARA, said: “The project has improved the appearance of the estate and people’s fuel bills have gone down.”
Sheffield Council said work also included digital TV upgrades for 700 homes, and 200 properties receiving Decent Homes improvements such as new kitchens and bathrooms.
The project took two years and provided more than 30 jobs for people in Sheffield.
Apollo has also funded more than 50 local community events and invested £17,000 in community projects.
Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s deputy leader, said: “It’s great to see Apollo and the council working with the community.
“The attractive cladding colours selected by the residents look fantastic and have really transformed the estate.”