A Letter from Nantwich

Written April 2012 - updated May 2013

Homes on Jobcentre site completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front of Wellington House as it is completed. To the left is the horse chestnut tree that local residents fought to save. And to the left of the building is Nantwich Railway Station, the pedestrian bridge of which can just be seen. Below left is the building in early spring.

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 to build.

   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.

   The 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 May 2008.

   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 sandstone blocks.

   Just to the left of the picture, left (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 proofing here. 

   Lothlorian, the Crewe-based contractors, built the apartments block.

 

Conker tree not in danger

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