12 October 2015
Working in partnership with Warwick District Council and local building contractor Manton, we have given a new lease of life to a significant historic Warwick landmark that has lain empty for more than a decade. 22 affordable new homes have been built on the site of the former Gas Works and fire station on Albert Street in Warwick.
The £3.8million development comprises of 13 apartments to rent and nine houses made available through shared ownership. It attracted £1 million funding from the Homes and Communities Agency which has assisted with the development of much needed affordable housing within a prime location.
Warwick Gas Works is a Grade II listed building dating from 1822 and is one of the oldest and best preserved examples of its type in the world. The development has kept its historic features to maintain its special qualities and won praise from the local civic group, The Warwick Society, for its successful restoration.
Councillors, partners and residents gathered together to see the President of the Warwick Society, Antony Butcher, unveil a historic blue plaque with the Deputy Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Christine Cross, to celebrate the historic importance of the building. He said:
“The Warwick Society was founded 65 years ago to try and stop the needless tearing down of fine buildings that could be restored and converted to modern needs. We are delighted to welcome this impressive new addition which has improved one of the main entrances to the lovely town of Warwick.”
Councillor Peter Phillips portfolio holder for Housing and Property Services at Warwick District Council added: “ I am delighted to see the successful completion of this unique historic development for Warwick and the opportunity the affordable housing will give people to come and live in the town centre, close to all amenities.”
Anthony Riley, group director of development and operations at Waterloo Housing Group said: "This site has a rich and important history both in Warwick and nationally and the residents now living here a part of a new history. The successful completion of this development shows that working in partnership, we can meet local housing need in a way that is sympathetic to the local area and rejuvenate buildings and towns.”
Photo shows from L to R: Anthony Riley, group director of development and operations at Waterloo Housing Group, Deputy Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Christine Cross and President of the Warwick Society, Antony Butcher.