Keepmoat announced to carry out multi-million refurbishment of Seaton tower blocks

Keepmoat has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council to extensively refurbish seven multi-storey tower blocks in the Seaton area of the city.

The ‘Seaton 7’ project, worth £17.5 million, will see both the aesthetics and energy efficiency of the buildings greatly improved.

Keepmoat is expected to start the two-year regeneration work on site in summer 2015. Works will include the installation of an insulated ‘rainscreen’ overcladding system for each of the seven blocks and new energy efficient windows for each home, as well as structural repairs and upgrades to the entrance, foyer area and ventilations systems of each building.

Aberdeen City Council’s Convener of Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Neil Cooney said:

“We have already renovated four blocks in the Seaton area and this will be another seven which have been identified through our asset management plan as requiring renovation work. The work will include overcladding, new windows and energy efficiency measures.

“The benefits of this are that as well as making the homes fully wind and water tight for the future the tenants or residents will benefit from reduced fuel bills through being connected to the city’s award winning Combined Heat and Power system (CHP) which generates an average of 50 percent saving on bills and 90 percent saving on carbon emissions.

“This project, in conjunction with others throughout the city will go a long way to helping the Council to meet its targets on providing safe and secure homes for its citizens, the highest standard of energy efficiency and warmth, alleviating fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions.”

Eamonn McGarvey, Regional Managing Director for Keepmoat in Scotland said:

“We are delighted to be working with Aberdeen City Council on the ‘Seaton 7’ project. This is a significant win for Keepmoat, which shows the strength of our offering in regeneration in Scotland. Over the next couple of years delivery of this project will see the energy efficiency of the buildings greatly improved, which will significantly benefit residents by providing warmer homes and allowing them to reduce utility bills while enhancing the Aberdeen skyline.”

It is hoped that the local economy will benefit from employment and economic benefits with over 80 operatives being employed on the scheme over the two year project duration.

The extensive regeneration project will also provide added protection from the weather in the exposed location of the works and reduce future maintenance costs.