Brooklands Gardens officially opened after £5m transformation

Brooklands Gardens, Seven Locks Housing’s flagship independent living scheme in Market Harborough is now open following a 87-week redevelopment, completed by our social housing team.

Borras worked in partnership with BRP Architects and Richard Julian & Associates to deliver the project which saw the existing 50 bedroomed site dramatically remodelled into a 67 property state-of-the-art facility. The mix of one and two bedroom flats were modernised with new kitchens, bathroom, balconies and patio doors. The facility also boasts three communal lounges, a hobbies room, hairdressers, laundry room and shared gardens and courtyard.

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Completing the works in two phases allowed existing residents to remain on site whilst the works took place. Residents from the half under renovation were decanted into the other half temporarily in an effort to reduce disruption to their daily routines as much as possible.

Phase 1, which was completed in April 2015 involved:

  • The demolition of an existing structure, making way for the construction of a two storey extension which now homes one of the communal lounges, several new apartments and staff offices
  • The refurbishment of Orchard House, an existing three storey building now home to 16 apartments
  • Construction of a new build, sedum roofed link which connects the two main buildings on site to form one complete facility

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Phase 2 saw the refurbishment of existing properties and the provision of an additional 15 apartments within Oak Tree House, the building now linked to Orchard House.

The project team were joined by residents, local councillors and representatives from Seven Locks Housing at the official opening on the 28th January. In attendance was Gerald Taylor, Group Chief Executive of Acclaim Housing, Seven Locks parent company who said:

“The stylish surrounding and exceptional facilities have created a vibrant and welcoming environment which will help transform the lives of both current and future residents, Rob (Borras Site Manager) did a fantastic job, its never easy to work on a site where you have residents living”.

Janet Ford, Chair of the Acclaim board commented:

“You come through the door and it feels welcoming, when you have a chance to look around you will see what a great development it is. It is in a great location and just feels right, it deserves to be the destination of choice for older people in Market Harborough, and I’m sure it will become that”.

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