Residents Celebrate Re-opening of Communal Lounge

Fri 13 Jan 2017

Mozart Court Lounge

Residents at Mozart Court, NPT Homes’ Haven Housing scheme in Port Talbot are celebrating the re-opening of their communal lounge.

The lounge, which is a communal space for residents to meet and socialise has undergone a radical transformation to bring it up to modern standards.

The work to Mozart Court’s communal lounge was carried out as part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme being carried out by NPT Homes.  By the time the programme ends in March 2017, £220 million will have been spent on bringing properties up to modern standards.

As part of this programme, all Haven Housing schemes across Neath Port Talbot will see major refurbishment work carried out to both private living accommodation and communal spaces, where required.  The communal lounge at Mozart Court is the latest project to be completed.

The lounge has had a complete facelift with new electrics, decorations and flooring.  It consists of separate dining and living room areas with co-ordinating soft furnishings.

All interior design has been done to meet the RNIB’s Visibly Better standard. The standard aims to ensure that supported housing providers in Wales can help meet the needs of residents who are living with sight loss.  Tenants were consulted about the colour scheme and were able to choose from four mood boards which were RNIB compliant.

NPT Homes Accommodation Assistant Tania Herne said:
“The refurbishment of the communal area at Mozart Court has created a modern, inviting place for residents to meet, socialise and interact with each other. It was important that the area would be inclusive to everyone and that’s why we ensured that the work adhered to the RNIB’s Visibly Better standard.”

One of the residents at Mozart Court, June Brayley said:
“The new lounge is wonderful.  It has really created a space where we enjoy spending time and has really enhanced the community feel here.  I’m really looking forward to spending time in here with my fellow residents."