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Residents praise remodelling work

Housing Officer Niva Pandya, residents Beryl Bidwell, Jean Lowe, Major Projects Manager Dave Milner and resident Dave Williams inspect the plans for Ware Court.

Residents at Ware Court have praised the ongoing remodelling work which is converting bedsits at their independent living services (ILS) scheme into one and two bedroom flats.

Work on the first phase to remodel the Winterbourne ILS community began in March and is on course to be completed at the end of August. The 40-year-old building has been split in two with residents continuing to live in one half, while we carry out work to the other half during the first phase. In total we’re turning 10 bedsits, 8 one-bedroom flats and the ex-warden flat into 12 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats, plus indoor scooter store, disabled toilet and redecorated and refurnished communal lounge.

Jean Lowe, who has lived at Ware Court for 29 years, said: “On behalf of the residents still living at Ware Court we would like to congratulate the team on the way the building works have been carried out with the minimum noise and dust so that we have not been affected in anyway.

“When we’ve approached the project manager about some changes to the plans he’s listened to us and where appropriate this has been approved and we’re grateful for this. We would also like to congratulate for Merlin for selecting Oakland Construction and other contractors to carry out the building works.

“We have also found that the site manager and all the workers to be very friendly and obliging. Now we can’t wait to move in to our new homes.”

Major Projects Manager Dave Milner said: “We’ve been committed to working with the residents during the remodelling. We’ve taken on board some of their comments and where suitable have made changes to our plans.

“There’s a really strong community at Ware Court and they were concerned that they’d have nowhere to hold their three weekly coffee mornings while we improved the communal lounge. So we agreed to convert one of the ground floor properties into a temporary lounge during the first phase so they could continue to meet which they were really pleased with. We’ve also managed to do some small extra things for residents in their new flats, like keeping a small cupboard space and making sure their wardrobes will fit nicely into their new bedroom.

“It’s been good working with the Ware Court residents who have such a strong community as we’ve been able to address their issues as we go along. And we’ll have learned plenty of lessons from working here, which will make the work to the next schemes in the programme even better.”

Ware Court is the second ILS scheme that Merlin is remodelling, following the completion of work at Prinknash Court in Yate last year. We’re now pressing ahead with work to two other schemes at Buckingham Court in Filton and Langdale Court in Patchway, the first of which is due to begin later this year.

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