HUNDREDS of homes in Hendon have been transformed thanks to a multimillion pound improvement scheme.
A community regeneration specialist has completed work on the £5million Transforming Hendon project, which has seen improvements to 450 homes in the middle Hendon area.
The project, which began in 2009, has seen Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East give a facelift to 12 streets by improving the fronts of properties and enhancing the appearance of the area.
FHM carried out assessments on each property to see what needed to be done to bring the homes up to modern standards.
The work included repairing or replacing hundreds of windows, doors, walls, roofs, gutters, chimney stacks, street signs, fences and gates.
The Transforming Hendon project was run by Back on the Map, the £54million New Deal for Communities regeneration programme for the Hendon and East End areas of Sunderland.
Stephen Croft, housing manager at Back on the Map, said: “Transforming Hendon has turned back the years in middle Hendon by refurbishing hundreds of homes to their former glory and, by replacing old or missing walls and railings, has recreated the heritage street scene.
“The project has been carried out after extensive consultation with residents who now see that the uplifted area they wanted has a sustainable future.
“The project has been very well received by local residents and has given a new lease of life to the area.”
Andrea Scollen, community liaison manager for FHM, said: “This has been a fantastic project for the whole community.
“Tenants have been delighted with the work we have done. It has transformed the area and given Hendon a new lease of life.”
Ward councillor Barbara McClennan encouraged residents to keep the area looking its best.
She said: “Visitors to the area can see for themselves the huge difference this investment has made. Now it is up to the people living in the improved properties to look after them and that includes keeping the areas outside their front and back doors clean and tidy.
“We want to encourage people to come and live in the Hendon ward and we’ve a range of options to attract people to our communities.”