CONTRACTORS have been signed up to £27million of improvements to North-East properties.
East Durham Homes (EDH) is spending the money on bringing 1,700 houses up to the decent homes standard.
Contracts have been signed with three firms, and work will start soon.
Wates will be working in Wingate, Keepmoat in Murton and Esh in Trimdon.
EDH, which manages homes on behalf of Durham County Council, is carrying out the improvements as part of its commitment to bring all properties up to decent homes standard.
After this year’s programme, it is estimated that 80 per cent of properties will have achieved the standard.
Work should be finished in all homes by the middle of 2015.
Michael Doyle, director of Neighbourhood Services at EDH, said: “We are really pleased to have the three partners on board and look forward to working closely with them. The award of the contract will help us improve around 2,700 homes over the next two years and provide customers with modern fixtures and facilities.
“As a result of procuring this new contract, we will be able to complete the improvements more quickly and more efficiently than initially planned, which is fantastic.”