On Friday 31st May Gloucester City Homes (GCH) handed over three new one-bed bungalows at the existing St James Close Scheme in Quedgeley to local residents. The new homes add to 11 bungalows that were completed on the site in early 2019.
Built by local company Aqua Construction, the level access bungalows were refurbished from the old communal lounge and office and offer affordable rent housing to local people.
One of the properties has been built with specific medical adaptations so that it can be used by wheelchair users and meets CAT 2 standards. The alterations include increased width hallways and doors, lowered counter tops and a fully accessible wet room.
New resident Mr Bendle commented: “We are over the moon and ecstatic with the property. It’s something that’s been needed for a long time and will help us massively.”
Creating this medically adapted bungalow is part of a pilot scheme with the City Council to create suitable homes for local people with specific housing needs and is the third new home GCH has built with specific requirements within the City.
Jason Humphries, GCH’s Tenancy Services and ASB Manager added: “We’re delighted to have completed the further 3 level access bungalows at St James Close. We’ve worked in close partnership with the Enabling and Housing Teams at the City Council to consider applicants with a medical need for ground floor accommodation which has helped to release larger family housing elsewhere. We are pleased to have been able to provide more housing with tailored adaptations working with the applicants, occupational health, the local authority and the developer Aqua Construction.”