Work on the redevelopment of Collingwood House begins this week, as Fareham Borough Council's contractors Leadbitter move on site. The existing sheltered housing scheme at Stow Crescent, Fareham, will be demolished and replaced with a new, modern building.
The redevelopment which is being helped with an investment of £625,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is due to be completed by January 2015. The new state of the art building for those aged over 55, will have 40 apartments with a mix of one and two-bed flats.
Executive Member for Health and Housing, Councillor Brian Bayford said: "I'm looking forward to the redevelopment of Collingwood House and I'm glad work is now underway. There is a growing population of elderly people and this sheltered housing scheme will help meet their needs. The redevelopment will make much better use of the site and will provide modern facilities for its tenants. I look forward to seeing the finished result in 2015."
Area Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency, Bruce Voss said: "We are pleased to be able to support Fareham Borough Council who have worked closely with residents to progress this important project, providing high quality new affordable homes for the local community."
Leadbitter's Regional Director Mikel Berrebi said: "We are very pleased to be supporting Fareham Borough Council in this exciting project. As experienced constructors of assisted living housing for the elderly, we have seen the positive impact good quality accommodation can have on the lives of residents. We look forward to working with the existing residents and local community in creating a development they can all be proud of."
The Council tenants living at the current Collingwood House have been involved throughout the redevelopment process and were moved out at the end of last year to alternative accommodation. Once the re-development is complete, tenants will then have the choice of whether they want to move back into the newly developed Collingwood House.
Member of the Tenant's Committee, Kenneth Atkins said: "The Council have been very supportive and have kept us all well informed and made us to feel a part of the re-development. I'm more than impressed with the plans for Collingwood House and look forward to it being built."
If anyone has any queries or concerns while the works are being carried out please contact Leadbitter's Community Engagement Manager Vicky Barker on 07827 290801 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Project Manager Daniel Culkin on 07798713401 or email@example.com
For further information contact:
Becca Bennett, PR and Marketing Support Assistant, tel: 01329 824609
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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