THE old Jobcentre on the corner of
Wellington Road and Station View has been demolished and work was completed
House - a three-storey building of rented
apartments with underground parking - last month. The development cost £1.8million
Wulvern Housing - the
website of which
describes the company as "the local affordable homes provider" - said it planned to
spend £27.7million on new homes in 2011/2012 - £4.3million of which
comes from a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
building has underground parking and there are 12
two-bedroom and two one-bedroom "spacious, contemporary apartments for
affordable rent". The apartments cost from £95 a week.
Wellington House neatly avoids an old horse chestnut tree
(on the left of the pictures of the front of the building) which caused some concern for local residents who
thought it would be felled when the new development
was mooted in August 2005. The
developer then was Foregate Developments (Nantwich) Ltd.
A planning application to demolish
the Jobcentre and build 14 apartments was received by the former Crewe
and Nantwich Borough Council in
When I first saw the plans I
thought "Talk about getting a quart into a pint pot . . ."
I didn't think it would be possible to get the proposed building on the
reclaimed site. But I have
ceased to be amazed at what can be fitted into sites and these pictures
show it was perfectly feasible.
Pictured far left is the external detail at
the base of the new building, with red bricks laid on sandstone blocks.
Just to the left of
the picture below (taken in April 2012) are the first homes in Station View. To the right is
Wellington Road. This was taken from the footbridge over the railway lines
at Nantwich Station. Rooms at this end of the development overlook the
station and level crossing, but presumably there is a lot of sound
Lothlorian, the Crewe-based contractors,
built the apartments block.