TV weatherman opens Plevna Mews
09 April 2010
Former TV weatherman Bob Johnson officially opened the Association's new sheltered housing development of 31 apartments and 13 bungalows at Plevna Mews in Shildon.
The Association has spent three years completely redeveloping the scheme, providing 31 one and two-bedroom apartments and 13 two-bedroom bungalows for people aged 55 and over. Plevna Mews has numerous communal facilities, including a computer suite and hairdressing salon.
Previously, the scheme was known as Shildon Court but it was completely demolished after it was deemed to no longer meet current and future residents’ aspirations. Built in two stages the residents of Shildon Court moved into their new apartments in 2008, allowing the old property to be knocked down and replaced with bungalows.
The new properties, all of which are now occupied, have been built to the highest standards by developer GallifordTry, and achieve Secure by Design certification.
The bungalows, which were part-funded to the tune of £715,000 by the Homes and Communities Agency (the national housing and regeneration agency for England), include solar water heating, high efficiency central heating boilers and low flow water fittings. Rainwater butts are also fitted and composting bins provided in back gardens.
Anne Rowlands, Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, said: “Plevna Mews is one of our flagship housing schemes and we are delighted to be celebrating its official opening.
“Railway Housing Association has a long history of providing affordable housing in County Durham and this represents a further significant investment in the area.”
This will make a real difference to the community, with a better range of quality homes for local people,” said Ali Lumley, Investment and Regeneration Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency.
“It’s another big step for our affordable homes programme, which is bringing positive change across County Durham and the region as a whole. This development will be built to a higher standard than is required by building regulations, meaning high quality, energy efficient homes for local people.”