Work to make landmark Worcester buildings energy efficient due for completion next year

Malvern Gazette: BREATHTAKING SIGHT: The stunning views over Worcester include a glimpse of the glorious Malvern Hills stretching away in the far distance. BREATHTAKING SIGHT: The stunning views over Worcester include a glimpse of the glorious Malvern Hills stretching away in the far distance.

IT’S a scene that would be the envy of many across the country; a view across the Faithful City stretching so far the Malvern Hills appear in the distance.

And people living in three tower block flats in St John’s will get to see it a lot once a £5 million revamp of the buildings is complete – as well as saving money.

Worcester Community Housing is upgrading the landmark buildings to make the blocks more energy efficient and bring the stunning skyline to life.

External cladding, new windows, balcony screens and two rooftop gardens are included as part of the mix, as well as a special glassed-in ‘residents lounge’ in the third tower.

Worcester MP Robin Walker went to see how the work was progressing this week and said he was impressed by the “incredible” views.

“It was fantastic to visit this development, which has been hard to miss for the last few months and see the positive regeneration taking place at this site,” he said.

“The views from the top are incredible and this work will bring a welcomed revival for the towers with improved facilities for current and future residents.

“It is also very good news that residents can expect to save hundreds of pounds on their heating when the work is complete.

“I look forward to seeing the work being completed to a modern landmark site in Worcester.”

Worcester Community Housing say the work is progressing well, with 100 metres of insulation currently being placed on the outer walls to keep in the heat.

The roofing is also being insulated as part of the work, and applies to Cripplegate House, Henwick House and Severn House.

Mike Rothwell, head of property investment, said: “We are committed to making a difference to local homes, lives and communities and we feel that this much-needed improvement scheme is starting to do just that.

“The radical transformation created by the refurbishment is taking shape nicely and promises to deliver better homes now and for future generations to come.”

Work on the tower blocks got underway in January, and is on schedule to finish by about April next year.


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1:35pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Gronow says...

At the moment does anyone have a view throughout the polythene? And if not will they get one for Christmas?
At the moment does anyone have a view throughout the polythene? And if not will they get one for Christmas? Gronow

1:39pm Fri 20 Dec 13

DanMacc says...

That's a great view to have as you slip into the next life after being stabbed in the stairwell.
That's a great view to have as you slip into the next life after being stabbed in the stairwell. DanMacc

2:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

CJH says...

Well, THEY may have a great view from the tower blocks, unfortunately WE still have to see the damned great lumps of concrete, regardless of whatever new finish they've put on it! On the other hand, maybe Highways could get their bums up to the top and have a look at how the traffic actually behaves, rather than just thinking they know what it does.
Well, THEY may have a great view from the tower blocks, unfortunately WE still have to see the damned great lumps of concrete, regardless of whatever new finish they've put on it! On the other hand, maybe Highways could get their bums up to the top and have a look at how the traffic actually behaves, rather than just thinking they know what it does. CJH

3:46pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

Anyone got a spare £12K to make home more energy efficient, looking forward to getting this for free (in my dreams)
Anyone got a spare £12K to make home more energy efficient, looking forward to getting this for free (in my dreams) Guy66

3:47pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Samboy says...

Your correspondents are a sour-minded lot aren't they? They never give credit for anything!!!!!
Your correspondents are a sour-minded lot aren't they? They never give credit for anything!!!!! Samboy

3:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

Samboy wrote:
Your correspondents are a sour-minded lot aren't they? They never give credit for anything!!!!!
Only when it's a hand out and free from contribution!
[quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: Your correspondents are a sour-minded lot aren't they? They never give credit for anything!!!!![/p][/quote]Only when it's a hand out and free from contribution! Guy66

6:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

pinkfluff says...

Great view but no good for me....terrified if heights, I don't think I could get close enough to the window to open the curtains lol.
Great view but no good for me....terrified if heights, I don't think I could get close enough to the window to open the curtains lol. pinkfluff

7:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Worcester1651 says...

It makes you wonder why Worcester Community Housing are spending £5 million on the flats which includes better insulation / double glazing / new lifts and even roof gardens for the elderly resident to sit in . Or have they a vision for the future to sell them.
I am sure that someone in the UK would pay quite a bit of money for a flat with a view and a nice relaxing roof garden !!!
It makes you wonder why Worcester Community Housing are spending £5 million on the flats which includes better insulation / double glazing / new lifts and even roof gardens for the elderly resident to sit in . Or have they a vision for the future to sell them. I am sure that someone in the UK would pay quite a bit of money for a flat with a view and a nice relaxing roof garden !!! Worcester1651

10:58pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PrivateSi says...

The windows and insulation need doing, for sure... BUT £5 MILLION, that seems well over the odds... It's never going to pay for itself (obviously)...
The windows and insulation need doing, for sure... BUT £5 MILLION, that seems well over the odds... It's never going to pay for itself (obviously)... PrivateSi

12:07pm Sat 21 Dec 13

liketoknow says...

it's all 'pie in the sky' I think.
it's all 'pie in the sky' I think. liketoknow

1:03pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

With the Warm Front scheme anyone who qualified could get their homes insulated / upgraded paid by the energy companies, who might eventually pass the cost on to all of us. But to help those who are oblivious to The Sheltered Housing Conabation in St Clements, there are over 600 Elderly people who live in this area, and in Sheltered accommadation. Over their years they have all worked more that 40 hours per week and have paid big time into societies coffers. So when I hear the cribbers (being polite) on here complaining about schemes which are avaiable to those who qualify it's either sour grapes or ignorance, and could be both. So don't winge try and find out what schemes you just might be eligable for.
AS to the tenants of the High Rise, enjoy these lovely spacious Apartments about which WCH are keeping their obligations when they took ownership to invest and upgrade the local social housing which to some degree had been neglected due to Tory policies which opposed re-investment in social housing including upgrades and providing / building more Social Housing..
Well Done WCH
With the Warm Front scheme anyone who qualified could get their homes insulated / upgraded paid by the energy companies, who might eventually pass the cost on to all of us. But to help those who are oblivious to The Sheltered Housing Conabation in St Clements, there are over 600 Elderly people who live in this area, and in Sheltered accommadation. Over their years they have all worked more that 40 hours per week and have paid big time into societies coffers. So when I hear the cribbers (being polite) on here complaining about schemes which are avaiable to those who qualify it's either sour grapes or ignorance, and could be both. So don't winge try and find out what schemes you just might be eligable for. AS to the tenants of the High Rise, enjoy these lovely spacious Apartments about which WCH are keeping their obligations when they took ownership to invest and upgrade the local social housing which to some degree had been neglected due to Tory policies which opposed re-investment in social housing including upgrades and providing / building more Social Housing.. Well Done WCH Jabbadad

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