Demolition of supported housing to make way for extra care scehme
Published by Tracey Errington for Eden Housing Association Limited in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Demolition marks start of extra care scheme work
Demolition day – the first visible signs of change at Mill Gardens
The demolition of Eden Housing Association’s ‘Mill Gardens’ Sheltered Accommodation scheme in Kirkby Stephen has just begun. It marks the first real signs of change and the move to create a new, more future proof extra-care scheme for the town.
Planning to demolish and rebuild Mill Gardens to create the extra care scheme has been underway for some time, with existing residents being rehomed earlier this year.
Outward signs of progress have been limited until now, with several stages needing to be carried out before demolition could begin. These include re-routing the electricity supply and the re-use and recycling of as much material as possible. Old sinks, plumbing pipework, 100 doors and 60 window frames were part of the initial “soft strip before the bulldozers could start demolition.
Mill Garden was built in the 1970’s using concrete shuttering, concrete roof tiles and timber roof trusses. As part of the demolition clearance, it is estimated that 700 tonnes building block and brick, 400 tonnes concrete from the floors, 70 tonnes concrete from the roof tiles and 50 tonnes of steel from the reinforcement rods will be recycled along with the door and window frames and 120 timber roof trusses.
Thomas Armstrong Site Manager Ralph Kennerley said around 20% of the crushed concrete would be used on-site for roadways during the build.
The first Demolition Day was attended by officials from Eden Housing Association and Councillor Beth Furneaux, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Adult and Local Services. It was her first opportunity to meet the team from Eden Housing Association and chance to see the development underway. Cumbria County Council is contributing £250,000 funding to enable the scheme to be an extra care facility with features that include assisted bathing, communal areas and larger catering kitchen space.
Councillor Beth Furneaux said: “Extra care housing provides people with security and independence and it is encouraging that so many of the previous residents are keen to move back to the new scheme when it is completed.
“This visit was a good opportunity to see the scheme at the start and I’m looking forward to returning in the future as it reaches completion.”
Henry Barker, Chairman of Eden Housing Association said “Getting to this stage is a landmark occasion and the new build Mill Gardens building aims to be more future proof than its predecessor. Standards over the years have improved and expectations have changed. The new scheme has two bedroom homes, making it easier for friends and family to visit and for longer term care support when needed. We have been pleased by the overall feedback from Kirkby Stephen and the level of interest in the new homes.”
The core demolition work takes around two weeks to complete and following on from this, the excavation work on the new footprint will begin. The new scheme is slightly larger than the old footprint, but will enable the scheme to provide the 19 two bedroomed homes, communal and extra care facilities that will be needed for the future.
If anyone has any questions about the scheme build, contact Rebecca Field – Mill Gardens Development Co-ordinator on 01768 861400.