THE old Jobcentre on the corner of
Wellington Road and Station View has been demolished and work was completed
on Wellington 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" - says 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
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 right is the
external detail at the base of the new building, with red bricks laid on
Just to the left of the
picture, left (taken in April 2012), are the first homes in Station View. To the right is
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.
Conker tree not in
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