Redundant undercroft car park to be transformed into affordable housing in Woolston
Leading social housing provider Stonewater has started work on an innovative refurbishment project which will transform boarded-up ground floor parking in a 1990s apartment block on Condor Close in Woolston, Southampton, into two smart new two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent.
Stonewater is working with Southampton City Council and local contractors Daintree Developments Ltd to deliver the scheme, which will also include the renovation and re-opening of an overgrown communal garden, tucked behind the apartment building. The new apartments are due for completion next January.
“This scheme provides us with an exciting opportunity to breathe new life into the building and transform unused wasted space into high-quality affordable housing which is really needed in the community,” says Marie Riordan, Regional Development Manager for Stonewater. “Small conversion schemes like this one are great examples of how social housing providers can help tackle the shortage of affordable homes and meet local needs by making better use of empty space within their existing properties. We are delighted to be working with Southampton City Council again on this innovative project and looking forward to seeing these new rental homes take shape.”
Stonewater has also worked with Southampton City Council on 28 new affordable homes on Buttermere Close in Millbrook which were handed over to residents last week. The development brought the affordable housing provider to its milestone 1,000th new home which has been completed since Stonewater’s formation last year.
Councillor Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Adult Care for Southampton City Council, says: “We’re very pleased to be working with Stonewater to bring more affordable housing to Woolston. Helping create good quality, affordable housing in Southampton is one of our priorities as a council.”