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Ringcross Estate’s new residents’ hub

Mears Group, the leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider in the UK, has turned a disused storeroom on the Hyde Ringcross Estate in Islington, into a residents’ ‘hub’.The much-needed multi-purpose room will be used by the Hyde Tenants and Residents Association to conduct tenant surgeries, workshops and training sessions, as well as act as a drop-in centre to discuss tenancy issues and an information station to help residents gain access to employment and other services. The residents will be also be able to use the hub to hold meetings and lead on projects for the estate.Mears Group, which provides a repairs and maintenance service to Hyde Group, the estate’s housing association, renovated the old storeroom free of charge with help from local suppliers Buildbase,Siniatand R & MA Electrical.The new residents’ hub was officially opened by local Councillor Richard Watts on 6 October.Frances Punter, Chair of the Hyde TRA, said, “We are so happy that the TRA project is such a success with the combined effort from Hyde and Mears, working together for a better community.”Sarah Mayer, Performance and Improvement Manager for the Hyde Group said, ‘We are very thankful for all the hard work and dedication Mears have put into this project. This centre will make a huge difference to the local community and allow us as a Property Services Team to have another Hub in which we can engage with our residents’.According to Mark Soffe, Mears Senior Partnership Manager, “It is nice to be in a position where we can give something back to the local community, and help create a usable-space with a purpose.”


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