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Birmingham City Council

Urban Design's Decent Homes Team

Urban Design's Decent Homes Team

In July 2000 the Government set a target for all social housing providers (councils, housing associations etc) to bring their housing stock up to the government standard of decency by 2010. To be considered 'decent' a dwelling has to meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing, be in a reasonable state of repair and have reasonably modern facilities and services.

Urban Design's Decent Homes Team have been working with Birmingham City Councils Housing department since 2004 on a targeted programme of improvements including new central heating installations, replacement pvc double glazed windows, new secure by design front doors, electrical testing, rewiring, reroofing and structural repairs to the 60,000 homes managed by the council.

The team have used their skills and experience in construction project management to plan, control and monitor the delivery of the work through the Birmingham Construction Partnership. The scheme has been very successful and by April 2008, an astounding 78% of the city's council housing had achieved decency.

For enquiries about Birmingham's Decent Homes programme please contact:

Housing Department
investmentteam@birmingham.gov.uk
0121 303 4036

For further information about Urban Design's work in this area please contact:

Ray Dudley
Urban Design Project Manager
ray.dudley@birmingham.gov.uk
0121 303 6719