Housing for homeless from a derelict villa in Brighton
- 12 Mar
The first tenants have moved into a formerly derelict villa in Brighton.
Brighton and Hove Seaside Community Homes has turned a derelict Victorian villa into 16 one and two bedroom flats to provide long-term supported accommodation for homeless people.
The villa was previously used by the council as temporary accommodation with shared facilities for homeless people; however the villa had become increasingly outdated and was closed for refurbishment, but before any work began the building was squatted, badly vandalised and reduced to an uninhabitable state due to structural damage reports 24dash.
The refurbishment work cost £960,000.
Scott Lunn, Brighton & Hove's Council surveyor, who designed the scheme said: "The building was in such a poor state that we had to resolve many structural and other problems before we could start on the conversion work. However, main contractors Mears and the sub-contractors worked together to complete the work on time without compromising on the quality of the finish, and it shows."
Councillor Bill Randall, chair of housing, added: "The flats are a fantastic example of how empty and wasted buildings can be converted into high quality homes for those in great housing need. In this case, the first floor ceiling has been dropped to accommodate four studio flats in the roof. Providing 16 rented flats for £960,000 is very good value for money, indeed, and will give 16 homeless households a fresh start in life."
Tenants are nominated by the council's temporary accommodation team who manage the homes on behalf of Seaside Homes.
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