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📰 Orchard House construction begins

Work starts on £7.4m scheme to bring an empty property back into use as affordable housing

Working with Southampton City Council, Raglan Housing has started construction on the conversion of Orchard House, a redundant office building, into affordable homes.  This new accommodation is adjacent to the council’s VIP Station Quarter project, as identified within the City Centre Master Plan.  It is opposite the railway station and the Mayflower Theatre in one of the city’s prime districts.

With £2.5 million funding from the Homes and Communities agency’s Empty Homes Programme (the biggest grant allocation of its kind awarded to a housing association in the south of England), this  £7.4 million re-development at the junction of Morris Road and Commercial Road, will provide 50 one- and two-bedroom flats. The new homes are due for completion in March 2015.

Southampton City Council’s empty property initiative will deliver 100 properties back into use over the period 2013/14. Projects like this are key to achieving this success.

The Orchard House redevelopment will also be extended by adding three floors above the existing structure.  Raglan is currently building 161 new homes in the City investing over £25,000,000.

    • Orchard House CGI

    Orchard House CGI - Photo Credit: Raglan Homes

    • orchard house start on site 1

    orchard house start on site 1 - Photo Credit: Raglan Homes

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Richard Stevenson, Raglan’s Business Development Director said: "This office conversion will not only deliver badly needed affordable new homes for local people in the centre of Southampton, it will also breathe new life into the community by creating jobs and boosting local trade and commerce. It’s also a very sustainable housing development which makes the best use of an empty building by bringing it back into productive use on a previously developed brownfield site.”

Cllr Warwick Payne, Southampton City Council cabinet member for housing and sustainability, said: "I warmly welcome Raglan's investment in Southampton and the Orchard House scheme is really exciting, especially as it will take an empty building and transform it into 50 modern and much-needed affordable homes.

"Raglan's scheme also ties nicely into our Station Quarter improvements, which aim to transform the area around the central station, improving its appearance for residents and visitors alike."