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Rydon wins £10m Grenfell Tower refurbishment contract

Rydon has won a £10m contract to upgrade a 24-storey residential block in North Kensington, London.

The Grenfell Tower contract is part of a £57m neighbourhood regeneration in the area with Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

Upgrades include seven new homes and a nursery in place of vacant space, as well as improvements to community facilities and improvements to the building’s energy efficiency.

The tower is also home to the Dale Youth Boxing Club, where Olympic Gold medal gold medallist James Degale and super middleweight boxer George Groves trained, which will expand in size and receive improved training facilities.

Current residents will remain on site while the upgrades take place, with KCTMO managing the tower on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

KCTMO chair Fay Edwards, who sat on the tender panel and was involved in the interview process, said one benefit of the upgrades meant residents now have to power to adjust the heating in their homes.

She added: “Residents of the tower have long had to put up with a sub-standard heating system and poor insulation and this has affected the quality of their lives.”

One of the criteria for bidders on the scheme was to demonstrate focus on customer engagement in similar tower block refurbishments.

Rydon recently modernised a 22-storey tower block, multi-storey housing, sheltered accommodation and community buildings across a large estate in Lambeth, London as well as refurbishment works on projects in Newham.

Rydon Maintenance project manager Simon Lawrence said: “With any major project there may be some disruption, but our experienced team will aim to keep this to a minimum by working closely with the local community.”

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