Barking’s Harts Lane Estate revamp wins council environment award

A project to revamp a Barking estate with triple glazed windows and solar panels has won the council and its partner contractor an environment award.

The project at Mersea House and Colne House on Barking’s Harts Lane Estate involved 200 homes being refitted with low-carbon facilities, also including kitchen and bathroom upgrades and new heating and electric systems.

All lifts were replaced and new security systems were fitted.

A �3.6million climate change grant was provided by the Greater London Authority for the scheme - which was named winner of an environment accolade at the Sustainable Housing Award.

Cllr Phil Waker, cabinet member for housing, said: “The changes are good for the environment, and will also lead to warmer flats and lower fuel bills.”

The works, carried out over a 13 month period and completed in January with contractor United House.

According to the council, the project has been the most advanced sustainable refit of tower blocks in the UK and the most extensive works programme undertaken with residents remaining in their homes whilst the work was undertaken.