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Work is underway on Brooklands Gardens

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Published by Becki Ord for Seven Locks Housing in Housing and also in Communities

Key partners in the multi-million pound development Brooklands Gardens  celebrate the start on site of Seven Locks Housing’s flagship extra care scheme. Key partners in the multi-million pound development Brooklands Gardens celebrate the start on site of Seven Locks Housing’s flagship extra care scheme.

SEVEN Locks Housing’s multi-million pound flagship older person’s housing development Brooklands Gardens is set to take a major step forward this week (27 June) with work starting on site.

John Piggott, tenant representative on the Brooklands Project Team, will herald that work has officially got underway at a “Start on Site” ceremony on Friday 27 June. Seven Locks Housing’s Executive Director Deborah Bennett will be joined by Brooklands Gardens’ residents, local councillors and Acclaim Housing’s board members.

Seven Locks Housing is working with Borras Construction Ltd to remodel the 50 bedroomed sheltered Housing scheme off Walcot Road in Market Harborough in to a 60 bedroomed state-of-the-art facility for older people.

The mix of one and two bedroom flats will be transformed into airy, light filled apartments with large windows, balconies and patio doors. They will be modernised with new kitchens, bathrooms and decorated in a contemporary style.

Facilities at Brooklands Gardens will be improved with new rooms for arts and crafts, fitness, entertainment and health and well-being. A new restaurant, entrance and private courtyard garden will be created for residents to entertain and enjoy.

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

The project, which will be the first significant investment that Brooklands Gardens has received in the last 30 years, will ensure that the tenants who live there enjoy the same modern standard of homes and facilities that Seven Locks Housing strives to provide for all of its tenants.

The plans to modernise Brooklands Gardens, which were approved by Harborough District Council earlier this year, were developed in close consultation with residents who live at the scheme and the staff who work there.

Deborah Bennett said: “We are delighted to reach such a major milestone in the redevelopment of Brooklands Gardens as work starts on site.

“I’m proud that Seven Locks Housing has been able to provide the funding with support from Leicestershire County Council, and bring this exciting proposal to modernise Brooklands Gardens forward. Today marks the start of the transformation of Brooklands Gardens into our flagship older persons’ scheme which is due to be finished in autumn next year.”

Work will now take place in two stages, allowing residents from half of the building being renovated to move into the other half temporarily. Residents will be kept informed at every stage of the process.

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