So, when the organisation’s Housing Management Team noticed that residents of Hanover Gardens in Bracknell had started to grow weary of the décor and lighting in their common room, they immediately set about looking at how they could make the surrounds more appealing.
Following discussions with residents, Hanover’s housing and technical teams, led by Soulla Loizou and Diane Browne, decided to rejuvenate the outdated design and give the residents’ lounge a contemporary feel.
Along with transforming the space aesthetically, in order to help reduce energy costs the team replaced traditional lighting with modern LED lighting. The design and specification had been undertaken in partnership with SSE. The lighting was vigorously tested for energy efficiency and reliability before a suitable scheme was selected for the estate.
Adrian Green, Technical Manager for Hanover said: “The original idea for the lounge was inspired by modern up-to-date layouts used in similar developments.
“We wanted this to be a contemporary and high quality design to help improve residents’ health and wellbeing by improving the overall ambience of the communal lounge.
“As an added bonus the new LED lighting is saving an average of 60% a year on lighting bills, which is expected to give an overall saving in electricity usage of over 15% on the annual communal electricity bill. This approach allows Hanover to free up funds to carry out any additional improvements at the estate.”
Hanover resident, 87 year old Ena Stanton said: “Our new room is fantastic I can’t wait to have my first fish supper with my friends and neighbours.”