Hundreds of residents in two Renfrewshire Council sheltered housing complexes are enjoying brand new kitchen facilities thanks to national housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat.

Residents living in Fulbar Court, in Renfrew, and Houston Court, in Johnstone, both received kitchen revamps as part of the community benefit element of the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) improvement programme.

As part of the council’s SHQS programme, contractors working with the council also commit to supporting local communities wherever possible.

The work was carried out by Keepmoat, one of the main contractors working on the council’s £138million SHQS programme.

Since the programme began in 2010, Keepmoat has installed more than 3,000 new kitchens in council tenants’ homes.

The sheltered housing upgrades included a fully improved kitchen, full redecoration, painting and flooring.

As well as benefitting the residents, the project provided vital experience for two local apprentices from Paisley and Renfrew working with Keepmoat, who used the skills they have learned to fit the new kitchens.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “As well as the thousands of new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring upgrades being carried out in our council houses under the SHQS programme, our contractors also committed to carrying out projects that benefit the wider community.

“This is a great example of one of these. The communal kitchens are a key part of the social spaces used for sheltered housing residents to get together and they are all delighted with the results.

“It’s also brilliant to see that local apprentices who’ve received training and employment under this programme have been involved in giving back to the community.”

Eamonn McGarvey, Regional Director of Keepmoat in Scotland, said: “We were delighted to be able to help the residents of Fulbar Court and Houston Court by installing new kitchen facilities. As an urban regeneration specialist Keepmoat is passionate about working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council to create better places to live in the county. However, regeneration isn’t just about bricks and mortar but also about investing in the communities that we work to create jobs, apprenticeships and pass on skills.”