The refurbishment and conversion of the former town hall in Ulverston has been completed and will provide 17 much needed new affordable homes for rent to local people. South Lakes Housing has a strong commitment to increasing the supply of affordable homes for local people and has invested substantial financial resources and project management capacity into delivering the Ulverston Town Hall development.
This innovative project breathes new life into a historic and much-loved building in the centre of Ulverston which had previously been underused and difficult to maintain. The impressive outcome demonstrates South Lakes Housing’s commitment to positively investing in communities across South Lakeland and beyond.
The new and converted homes have been built by South Lakes Housing’s contractor Leck and will offer high standards of energy efficiency due to the levels of insulation and the installation of air source heat pumps which will help keep fuel bills more affordable for residents and is in line with South Lakes Housing commitment of ‘Greening’ its homes. The 1 and 2 bedroom apartments also offer good space standards and internal storage. The properties are being advertised on www.cumbriachoice.org.uk and are ready for the new residents to move in.
Some of the original features of this historic civic building have been preserved including the wooden sash windows which have been fitted with secondary glazing to reduce any heat loss, the ceiling in the previous council chamber has been preserved with the installation of a secondary ceiling and the two original wooden front entrance doors have been retained and updated with weatherproofing strips to reduce possible draught.
Cath Purdy, Chief Executive of South Lakes Housing welcomed the news saying ‘ we are delighted that a refurbishment and new build scheme that has taken many years to get off the ground and deliver is finally ready for residents to move in and enjoy. We are taking an active part in the national #HomesAtTheHeart campaign, and are keen to deliver more affordable homes for local people as a contribution to helping the area respond to the economic as well as the acute housing shortage that faces us in South Cumbria.
The overall project has been jointly funded by South Lakes Housing, South Lakeland District Council and Homes England.