Work underway at Westmoreland

Work underway at Westmoreland

Westmoreland House in Harworth and Bircotes is getting a major renovation as Bassetlaw District Council continues to invest in its homes for older residents.

The project forms part of the Council’s drive to modernise its Independent Living Centre accommodation for over 60s as part of a five-year partnership with specialist design and build company Fortem.

Once complete, Westmoreland House will feature 32 one-bedroomed flats, all fitted with wet rooms, a newly constructed central atrium and upgraded communal areas, plus a number of energy efficiency measures. These will include; a future proofed gas heating system that could be upgraded to be fuelled by a gas and hydrogen mix when required, Air Source Heat Pumps that will power underfloor heating in communal areas, upgraded windows and external wall insulation.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “I’m delighted to see work start on another major renovation project that will improve the lives of residents who choose to call our Independent Living Centres home.

“This type of accommodation helps our older tenants to have a home of their own, within a community setting, which reduces social isolation and helps people to feel a little safer.

“The Council is making a significant long-term investment to elevate the standard of our homes. By working closely with Fortem we have been able to plan, design and deliver a building that will be comfortable and energy efficient for its residents, within a budget that represents good value for money and a return on our investment over time.”

James Taylor, Contracts Manager at Fortem, added; “We’re excited to begin another large-scale refurbishment project on behalf of Bassetlaw District Council. Working collaboratively with the council and our supply chain partners, we will maximise the quality of Westmoreland House, considering the elderly residents and how they can benefit from the improved scheme throughout the design and build.”

This project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2024 and follows a £4m renovation of Larwood House in Worksop. The renovations of Conway Gardens in Retford and Swallow Court in Misterton are set to commence from 2025.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 4, 2023