Crown Simmons Housing has opened its latest development, Castlemaine Court in Byfleet. The stunning scheme consists of 12 two-bedroom and 4 one-bedroom apartments.
Castlemaine Court was designed by Archadia architects and built by William Lacey Group, the scheme was funded through a combination of reserves and recycled grant, and cost £2.1 million. The majority of homes achieve Level 4 of Code for Sustainable Homes and all are fully accessible, designed to Lifetime Homes requirements. Heating and hot water is provided to the residents by a communal biomass district heating system, which burns sustainable wood pellets to reduce energy bills.
Dunmow House, the sheltered housing scheme that occupied the site, was closed in 2011 as it required extensive maintenance work which was not considered cost-effective. All residents were successfully rehoused in the local area, which allowed the site to be re-developed to provide affordable housing for small families and single people nominated by Woking Borough Council through their choice based lettings programme.
Paul Yates, Chief Executive of Crown Simmons Housing said, “It’s fantastic to see the residents enjoying new modern, spacious, affordable homes. Our staff worked with the Council to deliver new homes that more readily meet housing need in the area and we are delighted with the end product”.
Cllr Melanie Whitehand, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Woking Borough Council said, “The level of attention to detail was demonstrated in the use of light and space both indoors and out, being mindful that these two elements are crucial to happy healthy living. I am very grateful to Crown Simmons in assisting us with the search to find suitable homes for some of our residents.”
Cllr Anne Roberts, Byfleet Ward Councillor and previous Mayor of Woking stated, “As ward councillor for Byfleet for 11 years, I was anxious to help the previous residents of Dunmow House relocate when the original building needed to be closed. In contrast I am delighted to see the new eco-friendly apartments with their excellent facilities and meet with a number of the residents who have settled happily into their new life in Byfleet.”
Prior to moving into their new home, the Singh Family had spent two-and-a-half years in temporary accommodation; Jagita and Jasbir, along with their son, Ranvir, shared a bedroom in a house where they shared the kitchen and bathroom with other families. “It was horrible,” Jagita says, “the only word there is to describe it: horrible.” When the family viewed the flat at Castlemaine Court, their first thought was, “WOW!” – they wanted to move in straight away. Shortly before they moved in to their new home, their daughter, Priya, was born. Now that they have a safe, secure home, the family are, “definitely happy,” saying of their new neighbours that, “everyone’s very friendly”.