The latest opening as part of our '15 in '15' development programme took place in Tewkesbury recently.

The project at 41 High Street provides accomodation for local young people in the form of four 1-bed flats and one emergency crash pad.

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Steve Roberts from Speller Metcalfe; Mel Dafforn, Rooftop Service Manager; and Rooftop Board Member Martin Holland officially open the new property

The development is an unusual one as the building is listed, within a conservation area and has many interesting features including a tiled fire place, lath and plaster ceilings and detailed coving. It was important we refurbished the building whilst retaining some of these original features. The building was purchased with Ladbrokes bookmakers in occupation of the ground floor of the building. They had previously been leasing the ground floor for a number of years and had proved to be excellent tenants. The upper floors were vacant and had previously been used as a doctors surgery.

Although there were a few structrual challenges along the way, we're delighted with the finished property. Everyone worked well together and we have increased the level of accomodation for young people in the area and brought back to life a redundant building.

The Project Team 
Rooftop Housing Group: Sue Bishop/Mel Dafforn 
Speller Metcalfe Living: Matt Brown/Steve Roberts 
Walker Troup Architects: Steve Buchan (pre-planning) 
Eachway Services: Chris Cooke 
BM3 Architects: John Kidner/Heather Birch (post-planning) 
Gage Tupper (Clerk of Works): Pete Edmunds 
Hawley Associates: Shaun Bolar 
Stuart & Harris: Simon Shakeshaft
Anthony Collins Solicitors: Ranjit Bassey 
Ladbrokes: Jonathan Dent/Tony Blaza

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Development works 
Planning approval granted: June 2013 
Works started on site: September 2013 
Completed: February 2015
Opened: May 2015 
Total scheme costs: £777, 009