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835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

A £1.7 million renovation scheme in County Durham has transformed two 835-year-old buildings into high quality sheltered housing.

The Grade II listed Thornley House and Shincliffe House buildings have been refurbished on the Sherburn House Charity Estate – the site of a former medieval hospital – and include an impressive five-bedroom property.

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

The project has delivered 14 self-contained flats for over 55s, including 12 sheltered accommodation and two general needs flats, which are available for affordable rent. A five-bedroom home has been created which is suitable for adults who could benefit from communal living with a home-from-home atmosphere.

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

Pauline Bishop, Chief Executive of Sherburn House Charity, said: “The transformation of the almshouse properties is incredible and now fits perfectly with the high-quality refurbishment of our care home. We are proud to present these modern apartments for future generations of older people who live in or have a connection to Durham. It is wonderful to see these properties restored to peak condition and back in use. Interest in the properties has been very high and we expect all units will be occupied by the end of the summer.

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

Delivered for Sherburn House Charity by Esh Construction, the scheme received £560,000 of grant funding from Homes England through the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme.

Having previously been rendered unlettable, each apartment now boasts a luxurious living space, their own shower room, open plan living area, and kitchen. A communal dining and lounge area, as well as an external courtyard, allows residents to relax in the company of others.

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

Colin Ford, Construction Director at Esh Construction, said: “Esh has worked on the Sherburn House estate throughout the past five years, firstly delivering the major transformation of Beddell House, and then the refurbishment of Thornley House and Shincliffe house.

“Together with the client, consultant team, sub-contractors and suppliers, we have regenerated these heritage buildings to provide fantastic accommodation for people in later life. As a local contractor, we’re proud to have played our part.”

835-Year-Old Buildings Undergo Restoration to Provide Sheltered Accommodation in County Durham

The latest development forms part of a five-year renovation programme on the Sherburn House Estate, with the refurbishment of Beddell House, a 55-bed residential home, completing in 2020. Beddell House features a high-end, hotel style décor and a non-institutional design that removes the stigma associated with care homes.

Esh Construction worked in partnership with Edwards Architecture, Elliott Associates and J Humphrey & Partners Limited to deliver the scheme.

To find out more about Esh Construction, visit www.eshgroup.co.uk

About Esh Group:

Esh Group is a leading construction and built environment group of companies which operate across the North of England and Yorkshire. Through our main trading company Esh Construction, we provide civil engineering, commercial build, affordable housing, refurbishment, and facilities management a wide range of private and public sector clients.

Led by teams of our experienced professionals, we work collaboratively with our customers and supply chain to find the most creative and innovative ways to deliver outstanding projects. We have an uncompromising focus on health, safety, and quality and continually invest in our workforce and new technologies to deliver the best results for our clients.

Committed to supporting the areas in which we operate, Esh delivers an industry-leading social value package through our ‘Constructing Local’ strategy. Recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for our outstanding commitment to social value, we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity and Social Mobility.