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Radius Housing’s Donard Fold renovation leaves residents delighted

11 Jul 2022

Housing Association invests £560,000 in major improvement works

Press release - 1st July 2022

Residents in Donard Fold, Newcastle, are enjoying a ‘new home’ feeling thanks to a £560,000 renovation and upgrade, which has recently been completed by Radius Housing. The major planned works has seen both internal and external redecoration, new kitchens, windows and doors installed, as well as fire safety works and upgrades to the insulation throughout the building.


Donard Fold is a sheltered scheme, consisting of 25 self contained apartments with communal areas. The renovations were undertaken by Hugh J O’Boyle Contractors, and are the latest stage of a wider investment Radius Housing is making to upgrade and improve properties across Northern Ireland.


Radius Housing manages more than 13,000 homes in 80 towns across Northern Ireland, as well as providing supported housing with 24 hour care for frail and elderly people, people with dementia and those with learning difficulties; in addition it provides 12,000 day care placements. This year, Radius is increasing its assets investment to improve homes and residential care facilities to over £12m.


Speaking after the completion of the works, Judith Gray, Asset Manager at Radius Housing, said “At Radius we recognise the importance of maintaining homes to the highest standard for our tenants, which is why we are investing £12m in planned renovations, upgrades and redecoration in homes and sheltered schemes right across Northern Ireland. This is not just about how homes look, but also about ensuing the highest standards of safety and improving energy efficiency in our buildings.


“We are delighted with the renovations at Donard Fold, and the standard of work Hugh J O’Boyle has brought to this project. This £560,000 investment has helped bring more comfort to the homes of our tenants, and the feedback we have received has been extremely positive.”


One tenant, Ethel McGowan, said “What a transformation, it makes one feel proud to be a tenant. It all looks so terrific, in fact I am so pleased that I posted a photograph of the front entrance and garden to an ex tenant. She too was very impressed with all she could see from the photograph – if she could see it all her eyes would be a goggle!”


While Mabel Smith added “I am very delighted with the improvements to Donard Fold. I am very proud that I was able to get such lovely accommodation, I have a lovely view and I can welcome friends and family – all is well.”




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Brendan Scott

MW Advocate