An eye-catching building in Peterborough city centre is being transformed into much-needed affordable housing as part of a £3.5m renovation project by Lindum Group.
Manor House, on Lincoln Road, is to become 11 one and two-bedroomed apartments, while another 20 homes are being created nearby.
The buildings are being transformed by Lindum's Peterborough-based construction teams on behalf of Accent Housing, which owns the site.
Once finished, all 31 homes will be made available for affordable rent to people on the council’s housing waiting list.
The project is being completed in three phases. The first stage has seen numbers 14 to 18 Manor House Street converted in to flats. This work is almost finished and the first residents are due to move in shortly.
Phase two of the project involves transforming Manor House, which is a large early 20th century purpose-built office building, into 11 homes. Manor House is listed as a building of Local Historic Importance.
Construction work is underway here and is scheduled to finish at the end of this year.
Finally, phase three of the project will see 14 new one-bed flats built on land next to existing properties. Building work is due to commence here at the end of this month.
The site, which is close to the Queensgate Shopping Centre, used to be occupied by Accent Housing, which has been providing high quality affordable housing for rent and sale for 50 years.
The organisation said the buildings had become unsuitable for use as offices and is delighted to have found a new use for it which contributes towards meeting local housing needs.
Damian Roche, Accent’s Regional Housing Director: “This development is a great example of Accent Housing working with a local construction company to provide really attractive, sustainable homes. We have not left the city centre, we have just moved to smaller offices close by, but the move has enabled the redevelopment of our old offices into much needed, affordable housing for people in need in Peterborough.
We will continue to provide great services to our existing residents, and we are committed to working closely with our partners at Peterborough City Council and elsewhere to help solve our country’s housing crisis with the provision of new homes. I am delighted with the redevelopment and looking forward to seeing the next phases completed.”
The site sits within a mixed residential and commercial use area. It is located within ‘The Park’ Conservation Area and the ‘City North’ Peterborough City Centre Development Plan area. As part of the redevelopment of the Manor House site all homes will be made available for affordable rent and registered as such on the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) ‘IMS’ system. There will be no market housing on the site.
The mix of one and two bedroom accommodation was proposed following discussions with the Housing Enabler for Peterborough City Council (PCC) and is consistent with need shown on the PCC housing need register.
Lindum site manager Paul Coleman said the project was progressing well.
“This is a fantastic building with some lovely features and it’s rewarding to see it brought back into use in such a valuable way,” he said.
“As a local construction company, which employs around 60 people in Peterborough, it is great to be working in our own community and making a lasting difference to the landscape in this part of the city.”