Chris Turton, Chief Executive at Sutton Housing Society, is to retire from the organisation in June 2018. Chris is a well-known and familiar face across the organisation; he regularly visits our sites and knows many of our tenants personally. Chris has worked for the organisation for 18 years and will be greatly missed. The recruitment process for his successor will commence in January.
This January sees Norman House, Sutton undergoing some major improvement works around the building.
On 11 January the old water storage tank was removed; this involved opening up the roof and using a crane to lift out the tank due to its size. A new – and much smaller – water tank replaces the old one, which is more appropriate to the size of the building.
Also this month, a complete refurbishment of the lift is underway. We thank all of the tenants at Norman House for their patience – they’ve been very understanding and supportive, which is much appreciated.
Tenants and staff had a celebration on Wednesday 1 November, to mark the 50th anniversary of old Trickett House being open for 50 years. A quiz, apple bobbin’ and a doughnut challenge all ensued – with fun had by all.
Please click here to view the images of the event.
SHS recently completed the refurbishment of 12 flats in Marchmont Road, Wallington, much to the delight of its new residents. There are now 9 large one bedroomed flats and 3 studio apartments.
Mrs Hillier moved in to Harding House in August and is delighted with her new flat and the security she has as an SHS tenant. Pictured with Daisy Bushby, SHS’ newest Apprentice. SHS continues to invest in providing new homes for local people in the borough – and to provide training opportunities to young people.
SHS is a local and responsive housing provider with just under 500 homes in the borough, provided at social rent levels. SHS used its own financial resources to complete the £691,000 cost of refurbishment at Harding House.
Last year, saw SHS open its new scheme, Kent Court in Hackbridge which provides 12 x 1 bedroomed flats. SHS is currently developing 23 new homes at Bond Gardens, Wallington and these should be available in the next summer. This scheme is called “Peppermint Court” and the name was suggested by students from the Beddington infants’ school.
SHS has recently reviewed its Vision for the future and the SHS Values that underpin our work.
SHS’s Vision is:
- Investing our resources we are proud to provide affordable, well maintained quality homes
- With charitable status and as a specialist provider of homes for the independent over 55’s, we continue to invest for the changing needs of Sutton
- Our highly professional staff are dedicated to responding to the needs of our tenants and developing a sense of community
SHS’s Values are:
- Passionate about doing what’s right
- People focussed and stronger together
- Professional and effective
- Caring, responsive and flexible
Our staff are committed to “living” the values and providing great services to our tenants.
Bond Gardens Redevelopment – On 28 September 2016 we were granted full Planning Permission for the redevelopment of 21 Bond Gardens. We have now entered into a ‘design and build’ contract with Skillcrown Homes for the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a block of 23 one bed flats for older persons.
Possession of the site was passed to Skillcrown on 5 December 2016 and the demolition stage of the project is now complete. The contract duration is 18 months with completion scheduled for July 2018.
Bond Gardens is a crowded street and the development will be a challenging one for the contractors. We are working with residents and Beddington Infants’ School to address safety and access issues. We will continue to work with and look to protect important stakeholders.
The drainage and foundations are now in place. Work is underway on the ground floor slab and lift core. Scaffolding has been erected to provide access for the installation of the timber frame.
Harding House – Originally bought “off the shelf” from a developer in 1991, the building comprised of 12 bedsit flats over three floors. In 2016 Sutton Housing Society was granted Planning Permission to build three storey extensions to the side and rear of the property. In November 2016 we entered into a contract for the works with D V Read and Son (Surrey). The contract will run for six months. The project will produce three studio apartments and nine one bed flats. The entire building will be refurbished. Lettings will be at social housing rents to older persons with a connection to Sutton.
There have been delays to the project for a number of reasons including unforeseen ground conditions and difficulties in finding specialist contractors. We believe all delays have now been addressed and the project is scheduled to complete with all 12 flats ready to let at the beginning of August.
Stock Reinvestment / Asset Management – As a charity (a ‘registered society’ under the Community Benefit Societies Act) Sutton Housing Society does not pay dividends to shareholders or allow profits to be taken out of the company. Instead, any profits or surpluses are reinvested into our existing buildings or used to buy or construct new ones. In 2017 we will install new lifts in three of our schemes (Ronald House, Old Brewery House and Norman House). We will replace kitchens in our properties at Killburns Mill Close and windows at Lancelot House. We will also carry out planned maintenance – eg: internal and external decorations at several of our larger schemes.
The housing shortage has been recognised as a crisis by all political parties. The Government have described the housing market as ‘broken’. Sutton HS is a member of the National Housing Federation (NHF). As a body and voluntary sector associations are working now and are ready to do more to make their contribution to solving the crisis. The attached flyer from the NHF sets out some of the sector’s proposals. Click here to visit the NHF website.(www.housing.org.uk)