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£1.5m invested in improving older persons homes

Laura Haynes, Merlin Director of Investment, Sue McDonald, CLC Resident Liaison Officer, Ian Whiting, CLC Contracts Director, Gemma Webb, from Kendall Kingscott, and Mukhtar Ali, Merlin Project Manager.

A £1.5m project to transform properties at one of our independent living communities has got underway.

Merlin has started work to remodel its Buckingham House independent living scheme in Filton to improve facilities for customers. At present the building is made up of 20 flats, eight of which are bedsits. Over the course of the next 12 months, the eight existing bedsits and the former warden’s flat will be converted into six new one bedroom flats.

Project Manager Mukhtar Ali said: “We’re committed to investing in our existing homes and providing homes that are fit for the 21st Century. Older people moving into our independent living communities don’t want to live in bedsits, as they don’t provide the standards that people expect. So in consultation with customers at Buckingham House, we decided to remodel the building to remove the bedsits and provide modern, one-bedroom flats instead.

“We’ve already successfully completed similar work to two of our other independent living communities in Winterbourne and Yate and have had lots of positive feedback from customers who have moved into the new flats. Now we’re looking forward to completing this work and welcoming residents to their new homes.”

Merlin has appointed CLC Group to carry out the work to the 35-year-old building. CLC will co-ordinate the work from their Bristol office. The work will be happening while seven residents remain living at the scheme and is expected to be completed in summer 2017.

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