Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Changing the Face of Hendon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Changing the Face of Hendon

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WORK continues to progress on a multi-million pound regeneration project that is changing the face of Hendon and the East End of Sunderland.

Back on the Map, the New Deal for Communities regeneration programme for the Hendon and East End areas of Sunderland, is investing pounds 5m in improving homes in the middle Hendon area. The project, called 'Transforming Hendon', began earlier this year and will run until 2011.

Community regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East was appointed as the contractor to work in partnership with Back on the Map in what is their largest single project to date - making external improvements to more than 450 properties in middle Hendon. The project will give a facelift to a number of streets by improving the fronts of properties and enhancing the general appearances of streets in the area.

Each property has been assessed to determine the current condition of the building and what needs to be done to bring it up to date and provide a high-quality finish.

The work will include repairing or renewing windows, doors, walls, roofs, gutters, chimney stacks, street signs, fences and gates.

FHM is an expert in breathing life into communities, as shown by their already impressive and successful track record across the North East. The Wearside-based firm has already completed similar community regeneration schemes with Your Homes Newcastle.

Transforming Hendon will take up to two years to revamp 13 streets but after only a few months into the programme, local residents are already delighted with the progress that has been achieved so far.

FHM''s resident liaison officer Victoria Carr is responsible for engaging with local residents and keeping them up to date with progress. She said: We are pleased with the feedback so far. Homeowners in the scheme are delighted with it. As the improvements are part of a scheme that transforms streets rather than just individual properties, property owners have nothing to pay. …

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