Out with the old and in with the new in Fareham

STARTING WORK Back from left, Paul Shambrook from Wessex Demolition and Collingwood House tenant Janet Samways. Front from left, Daryl Grant from Wessex Demolition, Nick French from Leadbitter, The Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford, Daniel Culkin from Leadbitter, mayor's consort Cllr Brian Bayford and Andrew Fiske from Fareham Borough Council. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (133166-8431)
STARTING WORK Back from left, Paul Shambrook from Wessex Demolition and Collingwood House tenant Janet Samways. Front from left, Daryl Grant from Wessex Demolition, Nick French from Leadbitter, The Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford, Daniel Culkin from Leadbitter, mayor's consort Cllr Brian Bayford and Andrew Fiske from Fareham Borough Council. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (133166-8431)

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A SHELTERED housing scheme came crashing down this week as demolition work began on the Fareham site.

Collingwood House, on Stow Crescent, is being bulldozed so that a new £5m housing scheme can be built by Fareham Borough Council.

The building work started with a visit from the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford.

Cllr Bayford said: ‘It was an exciting experience to be at the demolition.

‘The company is well set up to do the job.

‘I got to speak to one of the residents who said she was looking forward to going back to live there once it’s built.

‘The building was a 1960s development that was not fit for purpose.

‘I have seen the plans and new accommodation will have better facilities and a lovely community room.

‘I am looking forward to seeing the building completed.’

The council’s contractor Leadbitter will build 40 apartments for people aged 55 or over, with a mix of one and two-bedroom flats, as well as a communal lounge, activity room, and gardens.

Member for housing councillor Brian Bayford said: ‘This is the largest capital project for the council for more than 20 years.

‘It is an exciting time for the council and the residents of Collingwood House to see that work on their new home is getting under way.’

Many of the former residents at Collingwood House will be moving back in to the new building when it is completed in January 2015.

The redevelopment is set to cost £5m, helped by a £625,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Leadbitter’s regional director Mikel Berrebi said: ‘We are very pleased to be supporting the council in this exciting project.

‘As experienced constructors of housing for the elderly, we have seen the positive impact good quality accommodation can have.

‘We look forward to working with the existing residents and local community in creating a development they can all be proud of.’