FORMER ARMY HOUSES BECOMING NEW FAMILY HOMES AT LAST
24 June 2019
Work is underway on the refurbishment of 59 former Ministry of Defence (MOD) properties at Mountview Drive in Lisburn to provide a mix of social and affordable homes.
Cllr Jonathon Craig, Trevor Lunn MLA, Niall Boyd Clanmil and Susan Keating from Harmony Hill Community Group.
The homes were transferred to Clanmil Housing Association by the Department for Communities in March 2019 following a lengthy delay when, due to the ongoing stalemate at the Northern Ireland Assembly, there was no Minster in place to authorise the transfer.
The go-ahead for the transfer of the homes to Clanmil was one of the first decisions taken by senior civil servants under arrangements introduced in October 2018.
The work will bring the homes back into use for letting to families from the waiting list and for affordable sale.
In 2014, Clanmil refurbished a first phase of 36 of the former MOD homes in the area, providing social homes and homes for sale through a part ownership, part rental scheme.
Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing, is delighted to see the second phase of refurbishment work underway. She said:
"Refurbishment is bringing these vacant houses back to life as much needed, high quality, affordable family homes.
"We worked closely with the Department for Communities to progress the transfer but the lack of an assembly delayed the refurbishment and left the homes lying vacant for longer than they should have. We are delighted that a mechanism is now in place to allow important decisions like this to be made and we are really looking forward to seeing the first families moving in by the end of the year and making these homes their own."
CUPCAKE DAY AT CULLINGTREE MEADOWS
13 June 2019
Kind hearted tenants and staff at Clanmil Housing's Cullingtree Meadows, supported housing for people living with Dementia, off the Grosvenor Road, held a Cupcake Day to raise much needed funds for Alzheimer's Society.
Members of the Alzheimer's Society and Clanmil Staff with Claire and Angela who live a Cullingtree Meadows
In the average time it takes to bake a batch of cakes, six people in the UK will develop dementia. It is now the leading cause of death in the UK overtaking both cancer and heart disease. The tenants hope to 'bake a difference' by taking part in the Alzheimer's Society 'Cupcake Day'.
The successful day which was organised by the people living in Cullingtree Meadows, who raised over £90, will help to fund pioneering research, crucial support services and vital care. In hope to fight against the UK's biggest killer and raise awareness of dementia.
Cullingtree Meadows is a supported housing scheme especially designed for people living with dementia. With 24-hour specialist dementia care and support delivered by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff and tailored to each tenant's assessed needs, helping them live independently in their own apartment.
Nicola Neill, Scheme Co-ordinator at Cullingtree Meadows said;
"We had a lovely day - it's a wonderful way to get together with friends and neighbours and fundraise at the same time. Clanmil believes in promoting active ageing for tenants at our supported housing schemes and events like this help them stay busy and involved as well as raising money for a very worthwhile cause. The money we raised, will help the Alzheimer's Society to continue to be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through."
TOP AWARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT AT RICS NI AWARDS
30 May 2019
A Clanmil Housing development in Derry/Londonderry has taken the top spot in the Residential category of this year's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Northern Ireland Awards.
The awards highlight the great talent involved in shaping the Northern Ireland built environment and in the Residential category the judges were on the look-out for an outstanding residential development.
Judges praised Balliniskea Heights at Northland Road in Derry for its excellent design and landscaping; the re-use of a former contaminated industrial site for much needed high-quality social housing including 22 apartments for the over 55s; the children's play park; and the sense of place and community which has been created.
Sustainable technologies were used in the design including mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units in the houses and apartments and photovoltaic panels on the roofs.
The project was delivered for Clanmil by Andrew G. Crawford & Company and MJ McBride Construction, with Gregory Architects winning the project following a design competition. Judges noted that their attention to high quality detailing and sustainability has been excellent.
Another Clanmil development was shortlisted in the residential category - Cullingtree Meadows in Belfast. This state-of-the-art scheme opened in June 2018 and is specially designed for people living with Dementia.
Carol McTaggart, Group Director of Development at Clanmil Housing, is delighted by the recognition these accolades bring. She said;
"It is fantastic to see the work of our teams recognised in this way. We are very proud of what we have achieved this year.
"At Clanmil we are passionate about great design and place shaping. This is at the centre of all of the homes we design and construct. We want Clanmil homes to be places where people and families are proud to live.
"These awards are also well-deserved acknowledgment for the design and construction teams who work with us to deliver homes and services that really meet the needs of our tenants and communities. Together we are delivering great homes that are welcoming to all."
Clanmil Celebrates Five Thousand Homes with Restoration of Former Blood Transfusion Building
10 June 2019
Clanmil Housing is celebrating its 5,000th home after successfully transforming a 101 year old listed building on Durham Street into apartments, bringing life back to the much loved but abandoned space.
The restoration was part of a £3.3million housing scheme providing a total of 23 homes.
The development, which was part funded by the Department for Communities, has given the previously derelict listed building a future.
In order to preserve the building's original features whilst creating modern comfortable homes, contractors Geda Construction reinstated the sash windows with secondary glazing, restored the brick and sandstone detailing, repointed the original lime and improved the insulation.
The building was also extended sympathetically, to bring the total number of apartments to 12, with a glass atrium linking the old and the new. The development also includes 10 new family houses and a bungalow.
Originally designed by Young & Mackenzie Architects, famous for other iconic Belfast City Centre buildings such as Scottish Provident Building, and the old Robinson & Cleaver department store, the building is well known as the former home of the Blood Transfusion Service. It originally housed the NI Tuberculosis Authority from 1918 to 1960.
Clanmil Group Chief Executive Clare McCarty said: "Reaching the 5,000 homes milestone is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic team and the valuable input of our partners.
"We are proud to provide modern, comfortable, safe and affordable homes for almost 10,000 people across Northern Ireland. We work really hard to make sure people love living in the homes we provide and that they are in vibrant and supportive communities where families can put down roots and thrive.
"For this project we have worked closely with local political representatives and St Mary's Community Group to ensure we built the right housing mix to meet the need in the area. We've also benefitted from the expertise of Harry Rolston Architect, Turley Planning, and Geda Construction, who helped ensure this architecturally-significant listed building was brought back to life."
The restoration was carried out in consultation with St Mary's Community Group and the local community, many of whom have memories of the old building and are happy to see it restored to its former glory and brought back into use for the community as much needed homes.
Jean McMahon of St Mary's Community Group said: "We are greatly encouraged that our community's fantastic old building is providing new accommodation for a wide range of ages and residents. There is a need for family and older peoples' housing in the area, so it is fantastic to see both provided for in this scheme.
"We want to congratulate Clanmil for having the vision to restore this fantastic building, providing much needed housing in the area. We've already extended a warm welcome to our new neighbours and look forward to getting to know them better."
Clanmil Housing was first registered as a housing association in March 1977. Its first scheme was The Old Mill independent living for older people in Larne, which comprises of 13 apartments and 12 bungalows. In 2011, Clanmil merged with Dungannon and District Housing Association and with housing conservation specialist Hearth in 2017.
Flagship Clanmil schemes include 174 homes at Lavinia Square in Belfast, 163 homes at Caffrey Hill in West Belfast, and 97 homes at Feldon in Newtonabbey and Clanmil plans to complete a further 400 homes by the end of March 2020.
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