Gentoo housing association who owns and manages more than 29,000 homes in Sunderland has awarded RE:GEN Group a £4m contract to improve the lives of thousands as part of a major environmental investment programme across the region.

North East based regeneration specialists RE:GEN Group will carry out a series of external improvement works throughout the Sunderland area over the course of a 4 year framework, enhancing the lives of thousands as a direct consequence.

The works will include a range of environmental improvements and modernisation to homes including: the renewal of porches, canopies, paths and external boundaries. The works will also include external decoration and investment works to Garages. In addition Re:Gen have been appointed to retrospectively retrofit balconies with timber present and undertake remedial gable works.

The award to local contractor RE:GEN Group was made after a detailed procurement exercise of which 8 bids were submitted prior to RE:GEN’s successful selection.

Lee Francis, CEO at RE:GEN Group comments:

“Gentoo’s vision to enhance the local communities in Sunderland is something we are incredibly excited to get behind. RE:GEN Group has come a long way in a short space of time so a contract win of this scale is a huge credit to our team and capabilities. By working together with Gentoo to update the externals of many properties, we’re doing our bit to make daily living that little bit easier for the local residents and communities that we serve.”

Diane Carney, Executive Director of Property at Gentoo said:

“At Gentoo, we believe everyone deserves to live in a good quality home, that they can be proud of. We are delighted to welcome RE:GEN on board to help us deliver our £35.7m investment plan which will see 1,144 of homes receive significant upgrades this financial year as part of this programme.”

The overall scheme of improvement works are set to commence in August 2021 and are expected to be completed by March 2025.