The latest phase of a project renovating terraced properties in a conservation area is underway in Albert Street and Mosley Street, Whitefield, Nelson where works are progressing well.
The project is being carried out in a regeneration partnership known as PEARL2 (Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd) between Pendle Borough Council and Barnfield Construction, one of the North West’s premier contractors. It aims to make Pendle a better place to live, learn, work, play and visit. The refurbished houses are available for purchase and are generating considerable interest from buyers.
The aim of the Whitefield Regeneration Project is to renovate the existing terraced housing and adapt it to the current needs of local families. Over 50 houses will have been renewed by the time the project draws to a close in 201 2. Many of the houses date back as far as the 1890s, and most were dilapidated, fire damaged and, unsurprisingly, uninhabited.
“Whilst maintaining the character of the houses externally, internally they are being completely renovated. This is to reflect the changing housing needs within the area. Traditionally most of these houses were 2 bed-roomed with a few being 3 bed-roomed. We are developing energy efficiency housing which will provide a mixture of 2, 3, 4 and 6 bed roomed houses and at the same time maintaining the traditional character of the area . By doing so it will ensure that families will remain within the community and able to move into appropriate housing as and when their needs change – By doing so, it will ensure long-term sustainability and avoid empty properties in the future” said Iftekhar Bokhari of Pendle Borough Council.
The Albert Street scheme, which involves comprehensive internal and external refurbishment, is creating a range of two, three and four bedroom houses, with the four bedroom homes being comprised of two houses knocked into one to provide very spacious accommodation.
The works include the complete stripping out of the interiors and the replacement of the floor joists, many of which had suffered from dry rot; the installation of new plumbing and wiring and the construction of kitchen extensions. Properties being joined to provide four bedroom accommodation are having the two back rooms converted into one large family living room, with the upstairs accommodation comprising four bedrooms (including one ensuite) and a family bathroom.
Other measures such as the installation of efficient boilers and high quality insulation to the latest standards are also being used for energy efficiency. External improvements include the installation of sash style windows and stone cleaning of the exterior elevations which are also being repointed in lime mortar and re-rendered to the rear of the properties. Other works include the reconstruction of the chimney stacks and the installation of new traditional troughing and rainwater goods, as well as re-roofing using as many of the original slates as possible.
The current phase is due for completion in June to mid July 2011 for Albert Street, with the works completing on Mosely Street in September.
The initial phase of work in Stanley Street (completed in November 2010) was very successful and involved the renovation of 14 terraced houses, formerly mill houses. The works comprised the installation of new kitchens, highly efficient heating, electrics, stone cleaning, repointing, the installation of new windows and doors, re-roofing, and the installation of timber sliding sash window frames, new gutters and chimney stacks. All existing stone and slate used was salvaged and reused wherever possible.
Twelve of the fourteen terraces were knocked from two houses into one to make larger homes comprising of two lounges, a large kitchen, a dining room and a sitting room. Standard homes have a kitchen, dining room and lounge.
Barnfield Construction was commended for their speedy, thorough and effortless customer service approach which resulted in them starting work on the current phase.
The project has been shortlisted for an award in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ Regeneration category.
It’s hoped many more successful projects across Pendle will follow, such as the refurbishment and new housing development on the previous Lob Lane Mill site in Brierfield.