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Westville rejuvenating Ironville Derbyshire

Client:

  • Amber Valley Borough Council.

Product:

  • External Wall Insulation & Render, using Wetherby Building Systems Ltd external wall insulation & choice of coloured render

Property Type:

The brief and a little history.

Featured in our previously ongoing case study, Ironville, located in the beautiful Amber Valley region, is a village initially built in the 19th century to house ironworkers. This area is rich in history, as close by is the impressive Codnor Castle which used to be home to one of the most powerful families in Medieval times, hosting many royal visits from King Edward II. In addition, the communites working in Ironville’s local iron industry played a crucial part in the nation’s history, from manufacturing cannonballs used in the battle of Waterloo to providing the tracks for Churchill & Cromwell tanks in the second World War.

Unfortunately modern times have seen the area lag behind, with much of the accommodation in Ironville being identified as in need of improvement. Following the announcement by Amber Valley Borough Council that they had received a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, plans were put in place to make homes in the area warmer and more energy efficient.

As part of the overall plan, residents were encouraged to fill out expression forms to see how many households were eligible to take advantage of the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) 1b & 2 funded schemes. Westville’s plan focused on insulating a mix of private properties and social housing, working with Futures Housing Group on the social housing side of the project. A total of 70 properties were deemed eligible for the work.

As Westville had successfully worked on previous projects of this nature with Amber Valley Borough Council, we were entrusted to deliver the ongoing goals of the scheme in a manner that we have been proud to demonstrate time and time again.

Unfortunately modern times have seen the area lag behind, with much of the accommodation in Ironville being identified as in need of improvement. Following the announcement by Amber Valley Borough Council that they had received a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, plans were put in place to make homes in the area warmer and more energy efficient.

As part of the overall plan, residents were encouraged to fill out expression forms to see how many households were eligible to take advantage of the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) 1b & 2 funded schemes. Westville’s plan focused on insulating a mix of private properties and social housing, working with Futures Housing Group on the social housing side of the project. A total of 70 properties were deemed eligible for the work.

As Westville had successfully worked on previous projects of this nature with Amber Valley Borough Council, we were entrusted to deliver the ongoing goals of the scheme in a manner that we have been proud to demonstrate time and time again.

Unfortunately modern times have seen the area lag behind, with much of the accommodation in Ironville being identified as in need of improvement. Following the announcement by Amber Valley Borough Council that they had received a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, plans were put in place to make homes in the area warmer and more energy efficient.

As part of the overall plan, residents were encouraged to fill out expression forms to see how many households were eligible to take advantage of the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) 1b & 2 funded schemes. Westville’s plan focused on insulating a mix of private properties and social housing, working with Futures Housing Group on the social housing side of the project. A total of 70 properties were deemed eligible for the work.

As Westville had successfully worked on previous projects of this nature with Amber Valley Borough Council, we were entrusted to deliver the ongoing goals of the scheme in a manner that we have been proud to demonstrate time and time again.

regenerating the area

The work and the challenges.

Work started in June 2021 and continued throughout the winter, starting with scaffolding being erected and insulation panels getting installed. The first stage of the retrofit plan involved, Cavity Wall Insulation to the rear extensions and insulating lofts where necessary. The insulated properties were then finished in a choice of 6 Wetherby System textured render colours.

As with all work we conduct in a residential area, great care and planning have been factored in to ensure minimal impact on locals. Particularly important is that we must provide minimal disruption to their working practices (being from home or commuting to the office). While locals understand that there will be some noise and heavy vehicles in the area, Westville’s commitment to eliminating disturbances means that we’ve had zero complaints so far, something we take great pride in. This is thanks to our fantastic relationship with Amber Valley District Council, where their Liaison has been particularly helpful in helping us with the planning and execution of the project.

Westville were lucky with the mild winter weather, allowing more time to finish the work ahead of schedule, resulting in minimal intrusion to the social & working lives of the residents.

As with all work we conduct in a residential area, great care and planning have been factored in to ensure minimal impact on locals. Particularly important is that we must provide minimal disruption to their working practices (being from home or commuting to the office). While locals understand that there will be some noise and heavy vehicles in the area, Westville’s commitment to eliminating disturbances means that we’ve had zero complaints so far, something we take great pride in. This is thanks to our fantastic relationship with Amber Valley District Council, where their Liaison has been particularly helpful in helping us with the planning and execution of the project.

Westville were lucky with the mild winter weather, allowing more time to finish the work ahead of schedule and with minimal intrusion to the social & working lives of the residents.

As with all work we conduct in a residential area, great care and planning have been factored in to ensure minimal impact on locals. Particularly important is that we must provide minimal disruption to their working practices (being from home or commuting to the office). While locals understand that there will be some noise and heavy vehicles in the area, Westville’s commitment to eliminating disturbances means that we’ve had zero complaints so far, something we take great pride in. This is thanks to our fantastic relationship with Amber Valley District Council, where their Liaison has been particularly helpful in helping us with the planning and execution of the project.

Westville were lucky with the mild winter weather, allowing more time to finish the work ahead of schedule and with minimal intrusion to the social & working lives of the residents.

Results.

The full scale of works took just half a year to complete insulation and rendering a mix of private and social housing, totalling 65 properties in the area. The results of this ambitious project not only improved the living situations for residents of Ironville, but also strengthened our relationship with Amber Valley Borough Council as a great client to work with!

Following the work finished over the winter months, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the residents of Ironville. Many people reported that their homes felt warmer and easier to heat and with the rendering work now applied to the outside, especially after fitting insulation in the 70s-built galley kitchens, which were previously empty cavities and made the home very cold. The visuals of the village are also now much nicer to look at, modernising the area but still keeping it in character with their surroundings.

Following the work finished over the winter months, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the residents of Ironville. Many people reported that their homes felt warmer and easier to heat and with the rendering work now applied to the outside, especially after fitting insulation in the 70s-built galley kitchens, which were previously empty cavities and made the home very cold. The visuals of the village are also now much nicer to look at, modernising the area but still keeping it in character with their surroundings.

Following the work finished over the winter months, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the residents of Ironville. Many people reported that their homes felt warmer and easier to heat and with the rendering work now applied to the outside, especially after fitting insulation in the 70s-built galley kitchens, which were previously empty cavities and made the home very cold. The visuals of the village are also now much nicer to look at, modernising the area but still keeping it in character with their surroundings.

Following the work done in Ironville, the total estimated energy bill savings is around £11,200 per year, that an average saving of £160 per household!

The work done on this project will save an incredible 39.2 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent of preventing over 90 barrels of crude oil from being extracted and consumed every year!**

The work done on this project will save an incredible 39.2 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent of preventing over 90 barrels of crude oil from being extracted and consumed every year!**

The work done on this project will save an incredible 39.2 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent of preventing over 90 barrels of crude oil from being extracted and consumed every year!**

Spotlight on our people.

Andy Hardwick
Site Install Manager

Andy’s work and professionalism was paramount to the success of the Ironville project. Having took responsibility for the site, Andy proved once again why he is to be relied upon. Acting as a link between the gangs and Amber Valley Borough Council and Futures Housing, he was able to relay important information, concerns and breakthroughs in a clear and friendly manner.

Everyone at Westville already knows all this about Andy, but it’s nice to receive recognition from your clients on a project and was instrumental in building a good relationship with the Ironville residents and Amber Valley Borough Council.

Client:

  • Amber Valley Borough Council.

Product:

  • Wetherby Building Systems Ltd external wall insulation & choice of coloured render

Build Type:

    The brief and a little history.

    Featured in our previously ongoing case study, Ironville, located in the beautiful Amber Valley region, is a village initially built in the 19th century to house ironworkers. This area is rich in history, as close by is the impressive Codnor Castle which used to be home to one of the most powerful families in Medieval times, hosting many royal visits from King Edward II. In addition, the communites working in Ironville’s local iron industry played a crucial part in the nation’s history, from manufacturing cannonballs used in the battle of Waterloo to providing the tracks for Churchill & Cromwell tanks in the second World War.

    Unfortunately modern times have seen the area lag behind, with much of the accommodation in Ironville being identified as in need of improvement. Following the announcement by Amber Valley Borough Council that they had received a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, plans were put in place to make homes in the area warmer and more energy efficient.

    As part of the overall plan, residents were encouraged to fill out expression forms to see how many households were eligible to take advantage of the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) 1b & 2 funded schemes. Westville’s plan focused on insulating a mix of private properties and social housing, working with Futures Housing Group on the social housing side of the project. A total of 70 properties were deemed eligible for the work.

    As Westville had successfully worked on previous projects of this nature with Amber Valley Borough Council, we were entrusted to deliver the ongoing goals of the scheme in a manner that we have been proud to demonstrate time and time again.

    regenerating the area

    The work and the challenges.

    Work started in June 2021 and continued throughout the winter, starting with scaffolding being erected and insulation panels getting installed. The first stage of the retrofit plan involved, Cavity Wall Insulation to the rear extensions and insulating lofts where necessary. The insulated properties were then finished in a choice of 6 Wetherby System textured render colours.

    As with all work we conduct in a residential area, great care and planning have been factored in to ensure minimal impact on locals. Particularly important is that we must provide minimal disruption to their working practices (being from home or commuting to the office). While locals understand that there will be some noise and heavy vehicles in the area, Westville’s commitment to eliminating disturbances means that we’ve had zero complaints so far, something we take great pride in. This is thanks to our fantastic relationship with Amber Valley District Council, where their Liaison has been particularly helpful in helping us with the planning and execution of the project.

    Westville were lucky with the mild winter weather, allowing more time to finish the work ahead of schedule, resulting in minimal intrusion to the social & working lives of the residents.

    Results.

    The full scale of works took just half a year to complete insulation and rendering a mix of private and social housing, totalling 65 properties in the area. The results of this ambitious project not only improved the living situations for residents of Ironville, but also strengthened our relationship with Amber Valley Borough Council as a great client to work with!

    Following the work finished over the winter months, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the residents of Ironville. Many people reported that their homes felt warmer and easier to heat and with the rendering work now applied to the outside, especially after fitting insulation in the 70s-built galley kitchens, which were previously empty cavities and made the home very cold. The visuals of the village are also now much nicer to look at, modernising the area but still keeping it in character with their surroundings.

    £11,200 per year, that an average saving of £160 per household!

    The work done on this project will save an incredible 39.2 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent of preventing over 90 barrels of crude oil from being extracted and consumed every year!**

    Spotlight on our people.

    Andy Hardwick
    Site Install Manager

    Andy’s work and professionalism was paramount to the success of the Ironville project. Having took responsibility for the site, Andy proved once again why he is to be relied upon. Acting as a link between the gangs and Amber Valley Borough Council and Futures Housing, he was able to relay important information, concerns and breakthroughs in a clear and friendly manner.

    Everyone at Westville already knows all this about Andy, but it’s nice to receive recognition from your clients on a project and was instrumental in building a good relationship with the Ironville residents and Amber Valley Borough Council.

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