FOUR tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding.

The Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) flats in the Old Town part of Poole will also have improved thermal efficiency under the plans.

The four high rise blocks, the tallest buildings in the area, are called Rodney Court, Drake Court, Nelson Court, and Grenville Court, and are situated in Whatleigh Close, Lagland Street, and South Road respectively.

Arcus Consulting, which has created the plans on behalf of PHP (PHP), said the proposed refurbishment would give a “clean modern look” to the tower blocks “that also improves conditions for residents”.

“The existing block of flats provides a dated image to the Old town of Poole, especially with the blocks being in view of the community but also tourists,” the firm said in its planning statement.

“The new refurbished look will add a contemporary feel to the blocks allowing them to stand out, improving the appearance of the town centre through a high quality development solution.”

Each block of flats will have its own colour scheme when the exterior cladding and insulation is replaced. Residents will also have new, extended ‘winter garden balconies’ that can be used all year round, as well as new windows and doors, and improved paths and walkways.

A spokesperson for PHP said: “The planning application has now been submitted and we are currently preparing documents to send out to prospective contractors, inviting them to bid on the forthcoming project.

“This refurbishment involves a significant amount of works to be carried out over a lengthy period of time. We will be communicating with residents throughout, keeping them informed, consulting and listening to their questions and comments.”