High-rise tower block gets £3.5 million facelift

Thomas King House block have been refurbished Photo: ITV Central News

A high-rise tower block in Coventry once plagued by drug-using intruders has been given a £3.5 million facelift.

All of the flats in the 16-storey Thomas King House block have been refurbished by landlords Whitefriars Housing Group.

"We used to have a lot of people coming and going and a lots of vacancies - now we have no vacancies at all", said Mick Rawson of Whitefriars.

Bal Dhillon found herself homeless and was apprehensive when she was offered a 12th floor flat in the tower block.

"I was looking for a roof over my head and somewhere to carry on with my goals in life and it's made me feel settled and secure and I've been very lucky", says Bal.

Whitefriars are planning more refurbishments for more properties in Coventry, turning what used to be some of the worst places to live into some of the best.