Melin Homes starts work on Somerton House site
Melin Homes has started work on the site of the former hotel in Llantarnam, Torfaen which will see 16 brand new one bedroom apartments created for people who may require an element of support to live independently.
Written by Marcus—
24 Sep, 2015
Melin Homes has started work on the site of the former hotel in Llantarnam, Torfaen which will see 16 brand new one bedroom apartments created for people who may require an element of support to live independently. The £2.3m development is a product of collaboration between Melin Homes and Torfaen County Borough Council’s Housing and Social Care teams to provide this much needed specialist accommodation.
All 16 apartments at Somerton House are designed to be accessible and secure with level entry, automatic opening doors, a lift for upper floors and a fob key entry system. Every apartment has a level access shower and four flats are designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and so are slightly larger with a fully accessible kitchen.
An event was held to mark the start of the work on site with Executive Member for Housing at Torfaen Council, Cllr Gwyneira Clark, Llantarnam ward and Councillor David Daniels joining Chief Executive at Melin, Mark Gardner and Chair of Melin Board Margaret Spencer for a tour of the site and to view the initial stages of work.
Chief Executive at Melin, Mark Gardner said; “This is a unique and key development for us in Torfaen, working closely with Torfaen Council’s Housing and Social Care teams. We are proud to be involved in bringing this accommodation for people with many different needs.”
Cllr. Gwyneira Clark said; “Providing Housing for residents of Torfaen with specific support needs to live independently is a key priority for the Council. I was delighted to see work begin at the Somerton House site, It is a fine example what can be delivered when teams at the Council work collaboratively with trusted partners such as Melin Homes”.