Mixenden tower block to get £3.6 million revamp

Tower block flats at Mixenden.'From the front, Jumples Court, Mixenden Court and Wheatley Court.
Tower block flats at Mixenden.'From the front, Jumples Court, Mixenden Court and Wheatley Court.
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THREE multi-storey tower blocks in Mixenden are to get a £3.6 million makeover.

Not only will the 15-storey flats look different but residents should find heating bills cut by almost a third.

Pennine Housing has been given the go-ahead to put a thermal “jacket” over each block – built in 1965 – along with other insulation.

The 96 balconies in each block will get an outer skin with windows, creating a small conservatory or winter garden.

The work is part of an energy-saving scheme that will affect 1,000 properties, including terraces, bungalows, detached and semi-detached properties in Mixenden, Ovenden and central Halifax.

The cost will be in the region of £10 million.

Tenants have given the improvement the thumbs-up.

Andrew Griffiths, of Mixenden Court, said: “The flats are difficult to heat and the windows are draughty. Enclosed balconies are a good idea.”

The changes will also benefit Jumples Court and Wheatley Court.

Lisa Voss, who lives in a house in Hunter Hill Road, Mixenden, said: “We are looking forward to the work and the new appearance of the house and to how much warmer it will be.”

Tom Miskell, chief executive of the Together Housing Group, which incorporates Pennine, said the improvements would dramatically improve living conditions and the visual appearance.

He said a fourth block, Hebble Court, had been excluded for now, pending a review.

Dodgeholme Court, on the opposite side of Mixenden Road, is privately owned and empty since it was branded a firetrap in 2009.