Maxfield House’s 85 flats set for major refurbishment
Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
WORK is underway on a £2milllion refurbishment of an 18-storey tower block in Leicester.
Maxfield House, on the St Peter’s estate in Highfields, will see all 85 of its one-bedroomed flats redecorated and refitted with new kitchens, bathrooms and flooring.
Communal areas will be refurbished and the entire block will be rewired with new heating and ventilation systems fitted throughout. The ground floor office and storeroom space will be remodelled to provide a new two-bedroomed flat.
New lifts have already been installed and all communal fire doors replaced.
Maxfield House will also be the first of the city council-owned tower blocks to be fitted with a sprinkler system.
Residents have been temporarily moved to new homes while the work is carried out. It is hoped that work will be complete and they will be able to move back into the block from January 2019.
Major refurbishment work has already been completed on neighbouring Framland House, Gordon House and Clipstone House as part of an ongoing programme.
Cllr Andy Connelly, assistant city mayor for housing, said: “The work at Maxfield House is the latest phase of our ambitious tower block refurbishment programme.
“Along with improvements to all 85 flats at Maxfield House, heating and ventilation will be brought up to modern standards and communal areas will be given an overhaul. We will also be installing a new sprinkler system while the refurbishment is taking place.”
Although there is no requirement to do so, Leicester City Council took the decision to fit sprinkler systems to its residential tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Specialist work is underway to identify the best way of retrofitting sprinkler systems to the three residential blocks that have already been refurbished. It is expected that these systems will be fitted within the next 18 months.