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One down, 19,999 to go
Thursday 26th September, 2013

One down, 19,999 to go
Gordon in his newly refurbished bathroom.

Work to transform 20,000 bathrooms in Wigan Council homes has begun.

Wigan and Leigh Housing’s £40 million bathroom programme will see outdated bathrooms transformed into functional, modern spaces over the next five years. This is the first time a bathroom improvement programme has taken place, despite most of the properties being over 30 years old.

As well as benefiting tenants, the work is benefiting the local economy and employment in the borough, with 27 new jobs and seven new apprenticeships already created and more in the pipeline.

All of the apprentices are young people who live in the borough. While undertaking their apprenticeship they’ll also be working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification.

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: "This project benefits the local economy, creating opportunities and jobs for the wider community. I am delighted that the council-owned Leigh Building Services secured part of the contract."

Neil Turner, Chair of Wigan and Leigh Housing, said: "I wholeheartedly agree with the deputy leader’s comments and the whole board is delighted that Leigh Building Services, Rothwell Plumbing Services from Wigan and Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd from Salford secured the contract. As this five year project develops, it will mean even more apprenticeship opportunities for young people. Making sure that every home has a decent bathroom was one of our tenants’ priorities and they have been closely involved every step of the way in developing the project.

"Forty tenants volunteered to help choose the range of fixtures, fittings, flooring and tiles we offer to tenants and they also agreed to take part in a pilot project to iron out any problems in the installation and fitting processes. My thanks to all of those tenants who assisted us - the project will get off to a flying start because of their help."

Gordon Hall from Atherton took part in the pilot project and has seen his bathroom transformed. Gordon said: "I have been really impressed with the quality of the work and I'm delighted with the results."

The programme has been funded solely from tenants’ rents.

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