A £2.3 million two-year scheme to improve north Wales’ largest housing associations homes is nearing completion. Under the scheme, 111 non-traditional Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) homes have been transformed.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said:
“As the largest housing association in North Wales, we aim to be a leading provider of quality affordable homes. That’s why this scheme is a big piece of work for us.
“Non-traditional homes are homes that were built in Gwynedd following the second world war as part of the ‘homes fit for heroes’ campaign, and were built using alternative building methods, a “prefab” approach. It’s great to see the difference this work has made to people’s lives” he added.
Following the war, there was a shortage of material and houses, resulting in houses being built quickly from material such as Swedish timber frame or trusteel steel frame.
The significant improvement work was carried out by Willmott Dixon, and included; external rendering, insulation, re-roofing, chimney works and more.
Under the £2.3milion scheme, 111 housed were transformed in the following areas across Gwynedd; Deiniolen, Llanberis, Garndolbenmaen, Llannor, Llanbedrog, Bangor. Brithdir, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Harlech, Y Bala, Tywyn and Aberdyfi.
Five of these 111 house were Swedish timber frame houses that were built in the 40ies at Maes Gwylfa, Deiniolen. We went to meet Mrs Beryl Griffiths to see the difference the work has made to her life:
“My home is wonderful, it’s nice and warm day and night. All my family and friends who come to visit tell me the house is like new. CCG staff and Willmott Dixon workers have done a brilliant job and I can’t thank them enough.”
Mrs Griffiths, who is 101 years old has been a CCG tenant for nearly 70 years. She and her family are the only tenants to ever have lived at the house since 1948.
“My husband William Griffiths fought in the second war for 6 years, we were given the house when he returned. We are the first, and only people to have lived in this house.
“Before the work was carried out, the house was cold and draughty. I would have to use a lot of blankets in the winter to keep myself warm, now I only need one. I’m content and happy here, and enjoy listening to the radio and watching the soaps in a warm and comfortable home.
“Over the years a lot of people have asked me what’s the key to a long life. Well I say to them I drink a cup of boiling water every morning. And until I was 90 years old I walked every Sunday from Deiniolen to St. Helen’s Church, Penisarwaun. I would walk in all weather, rain or snow. I would never miss a service.
“This house has been a home to me and my family forever and I’m glad that CCG have invested in it for the future.”