WDH reaches major milestone after improving 10,000th property to ‘Wakefield standard’

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) is now a third of the way through its £700 million Improvement Programme after completing work on its 10,000th property.


WDH’s Technical Services Team and strategic partners NPS North East Ltd, Keepmoat, Bullock and Mears are working to bring WDH’s 31,000 properties within the district up to the
‘Wakefield Standard’ – above the Government’s Decent Homes standard.

Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive of WDH, said: “WDH Technical Services and our partners are making great progress, and it’s a remarkable achievement to have improved 10,000 properties in
such a short space of time.
“This also helps WDH move even closer to achieving our Vision to 2020 – creating confident communities – while always putting tenants’ views first.”

The 10,000th property to be completed was in Darnley, Wakefield. WDH’s Technical Services Team carried out the full scale of Improvement works in the property, including new windows and
doors, heating and electrical upgrades, and a new kitchen and bathroom.

The tenant, a mother of four, said: “It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I could have cried because the work that’s been done is amazing.”

WDH, which was awarded three stars with ‘excellent’ prospects by the Audit Commission in October, will deliver the ‘Wakefield Standard’– its higher specification of
Improvement works – three years early in 2012, rather than the basic Decent homes standard, after the Housing Corporation granted an extension.


The ‘Wakefield Standard’ includes high quality PVCu double glazed windows, modern fitted kitchens, a fire installed in living or dining rooms and a full central heating system, a modern
fitted bathroom suite, modern electrical systems and high quality, secure front and back doors with brass fittings.