Residents have celebrated the completion of major refurbishment works to their homes by burying a time capsule full of personal photos and memories.
Residents at Prinknash Court in Yate donated items for the time capsule which was created at an event to mark completion of the building’s £750,000 modernisation.
At the event, nearly 50 people watched 90-year-old resident Claudine Mathieux, who has lived at Prinknash for over 25 years, cut a ribbon and declare the scheme ‘officially complete’.
Prinknash Court is the first Merlin scheme to be remodelled under its £15 million investment programme to update its older people’s housing.
Merlin’s Project Manager David Milner said: “Our customers have been fully involved right from the start and I’d like to thank them for bearing with us and putting up with the disruption while we completed the work.
“We thought it fitting that we bury a time capsule to celebrate the event. It will be something for the future to commemorate the work we have done.”
The refurbishment of the building involved reducing 19 flats and bedsits to 15 one and two bed flats to give residents more living space. One of the two bedroom flats has been specially designed and adapted to make it suitable for disabled residents. Baths in all flats were replaced with wet rooms, a scooter store was created and windows and doors were upgraded.
The building has been made more energy efficient by improving insulation and installing a new heating system. The work means the scheme now has at least a further thirty years of life.
Customer Michael Cliss said: "I moved in about a month ago and I love it here, I'm very happy. I was living in a first floor flat with no lift before and as my mobility has decreased I was finding it more and more difficult to get out and about. Living here means I can get around more easily."
Reg Evans, who moved in three weeks ago said: “Before I was living in a three bed bungalow. I was worried about the transition but I like it here." His daughter Carole added: “I was caring for Dad while he was in his bungalow but worried because he was vulnerable there. He was forgetting to lock his property and I was concerned for his safety. Now he's here I know he's got an emergency cord and that people are around when he needs them. It's given me peace of mind now I know he's safe and secure."
Prinknash Court, Ware Court, Buckingham House in Filton and Langdale Court in Patchway were all identified as schemes in need of improvement under Merlin’s sheltered stock review three years ago. Ware Court in Winterbourne is the next scheme it’ll address, then Buckingham and Langdale Court in that order.