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Work begins on £6m revamp plan for home

From left, site manager for Borras Construction Rob Marks, customer liaison officer for Seven Locks Housing Jo Eaton , Martin Scott from BRP architects, Richard Julian from  Richard Julian Associates, tenant John Piggot, executive director of Seven Locks Deborah Bennett  and clerk of works for Seven Locks Mark Shaw

From left, site manager for Borras Construction Rob Marks, customer liaison officer for Seven Locks Housing Jo Eaton , Martin Scott from BRP architects, Richard Julian from Richard Julian Associates, tenant John Piggot, executive director of Seven Locks Deborah Bennett and clerk of works for Seven Locks Mark Shaw

Work has started on a modernisation scheme at a care home in Harborough – its first major investment in 30 years.

Seven Locks Housing’s £6m redevelopment of Brooklands Gardens took a major step forward last week with work starting on site.

The Harborough-based housing association is working with Borras Construction to remodel the 50-bed sheltered housing site off Walcot Road into a 60-bed upgraded facility for older people.

The project will be the first significant investment that Brooklands Gardens has received in 30 years.

Originally opened in November 1987, the building work is due to be finished by August next year.

Seven Locks says the mix of one and two-bed flats will be transformed into airy, light-filled apartments with large windows, balconies and patio doors.

They will also be given new kitchens and bathrooms, and decorated in a contemporary style.

Facilities will also be improved with new rooms for arts and crafts, fitness, entertainment and health. A new restaurant, entrance and private courtyard garden will also be added.

Seven Locks, which is part of the Acclaim Housing Group, took over ownership of the building from the Howard Watson Symington Memorial Trust in February last year, having managed the scheme since 2007.

John Piggott, tenant representative on the project team, officially got the work underway during a Start on Site ceremony on Friday.

The plans, approved by Harborough Council earlier this year, were developed in consultation with residents and staff.

Seven Locks’ executive director Deborah Bennett was joined during the ceremony by residents, local councillors and Acclaim board members during the event.

She said: “We are delighted to reach such a major milestone in the redevelopment as work starts on site.

“I’m proud that we have been able to provide the funding with support from Leicestershire County Council, and bring this exciting proposal forward.

“It marks the start of the transformation of Brooklands Gardens into our flagship older persons’ scheme, due to be finished in autumn next year.”

Work will take place in two stages, allowing residents from half of the building being renovated to move into the other half temporarily.

 

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