First tenants move into the Beacon
Published by Louise Manico for Plymouth Community Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Health
The Beacon. Credit Claire Tregaskis
The first residents have moved into the apartments for rent which form part of Plymouth Community Homes’ newly built Beacon Community Hub in North Prospect.
The flagship project is part of a brand new multi-purpose centre designed to serve the needs of the community, including residents and local businesses. It’s being built by Barratt Homes as part of the regeneration of the area.
It includes 39 homes created for over 55s, with a mix of one and two bedroom apartments. When it’s complete, the Beacon will also house a wide range of activities from a nursery and community learning to a skills development centre for start-up businesses. There will also be a library, commercial shop space, communal space for meetings, community hall and café.
The first area to be occupied is now home to Lark Sure Start Nursery. It will also contain space for two offices and a business enterprise centre. The Beacon Enterprise Centre (BEC) will occupy around 300 metres of workspace to help local people access work, support for business or training for people who are new to business.
Mr and Mrs Brown were the first to sign a tenancy agreement for the new apartments and had seen the block being built as they passed from their former home .
Mrs Brown said: "We knew it was a new build, so it’d be insulated and have no problems with the cold and damp, and that’s what appealed to us. We’re absolutely amazed at the amount of space – because it’s new, we were expecting it to be a shoebox, but there’s loads of room. We have 2 grandchildren and we’ve already heard other children visiting their grandparents, so we’re happy about bringing ours to visit.
"The PCH staff have been brilliant and kept us informed every step of the way. I phoned up to find out about little things and they always helped.
"The area’s being regenerated and you need to see it for yourself, these apartments are lovely. Hopefully this is the new up and coming part of Plymouth!
"I’m extremely grateful to have one of these apartments. I‘m in heaven at the moment, it’s absolutely amazing."