Work starts on new sheltered homes in Pill
Written by Sam
15th June, 2020
A significant redevelopment of older people’s accommodation in Pill starts this month with the demolition of an ‘outdated’ empty block of flats.
The demolition of an existing block of 39 bedsits & flats at Tredegar Court, Marion Street is set to begin on June 15th and replacing it with 47 one and two-bedroom sheltered housing flats for the over 55’s.
Vistry Partnerships will be building the homes according to the latest government health and safety guidance, having already put in place significant new working measures to ensure the safety of employees and the public.
Newport City Council approved redevelopment plans in February and is providing funding, totalling more than £3.8 million through social housing grant, for the complex which will also provide a staff room, communal lounge and 29 parking spaces.
Another block at Tredegar Court remains and will share a communal courtyard once building is complete.
We have worked with the local authority and consulted with the local community and the result is a plan to include a dementia-friendly garden, designed to provide a calm environment and a sensory experience. The garden will also give residents the chance to grow vegetables and flowers.
There will also be two mobility scooter stores including charging points on the site for residents to use.
Melin Homes Chief Executive Paula Kennedy said: “The demolition marks the first step in us building these much-needed, high quality, affordable homes in the area. However, our aim isn’t simply to build homes, but also to create an inclusive community with a support network for older people, which will help to combat loneliness and isolation.”
Craig Currie, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships West, said: “Having implemented strict protocols to make sure that work can be carried out safely and according to the latest public health advice, we’re delighted to get underway at Tredegar Court, working closely with Melin Homes to deliver affordable homes for the local community.”
Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Jane Mudd, added: "I am delighted that the council has been able to assist Melin Homes with such an excellent scheme that will not just ofer desirable new homes, but a wonderful environment for residents."