Tybalds Estate: Over 200 households benefit from new communal heating system

227 households on the Tybalds Estate are set to benefit from a new communal heating system that has been delivered as part of Camden’s Better Homes programme.

£800,000 has been invested to upgrade the estate’s previous heating system to one that is more efficient, will reduce the carbon footprint of the estate, and help residents to offset increasing energy bills.

The upgraded system will provide a consistent supply of heating and hot water to all six blocks on the estate, which had previously been served by temporary boilers that will now be removed from the estate, freeing up open space for residents to use.

The new system has already significantly reduced the number of heating and hot water repairs required on the estate by 58%, which is supporting the Council’s housing repairs service to attend to more repairs elsewhere.

Yesterday (March 9th 2022) Cllr Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes, visited Tybalds Estate to see new heating system and the wider benefits it has brought to the estate and residents.

Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes.

We want all of our residents to live in well-maintained and safe homes and, through our Better Homes programme, we are making significant investments in our resident’s homes. 

At Tybalds our priority has been to provide residents with efficient and consistent heating and hot water, that will also help to offset the rising cost of energy bills. But by upgrading this system we are also ensuring that residents homes remain warm and free of damp and mould, while freeing up our Repairs team to attend to urgent repairs elsewhere.

Over the next five years we will be investing a further £322 million in resident’s homes though our Better Homes programme as we install more new heating systems and lifts, make improvements to resident’s homes – inside and out, and deliver further fire safety improvements.

Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes.

The Better Homes programme is improving Camden’s Council homes. Since 2013, £457 million has been invested in the programme and a further £322 million will be invested in the programme over the next five years. The programme is also installing new roofs across Tybalds Estate, new windows in Boswell, making improvements to all other windows, and redecorating communal areas.

At the same time Camden is working in partnership with residents of Tybalds Estate to deliver further investment for their estate through the Council’s Community Investment Programme.

The Community Investment Programme is building 28 new social and affordable homes, which will be ringfenced for Tybalds residents with existing housing needs such as overcrowding or disabled access.

Additional plans for the estate, which have been developed with residents to address their priorities, included:

  • New step-free access to at least 112 existing homes
  • A new purpose-built community centre with two halls
  • Green roofs on new buildings to improve air quality and solar panels on existing buildings to help generate renewable energy for the estate
  • A multi-use event space and playground improvements
  • Electric car charging points
  • Landscaping throughout the estate with new green spaces, trees and vegetable boxes