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The provision of affordable housing doesn’t always mean new build. Sometimes the solution can come from conversion or refurbishment of existing property, but rarely with the challenges we faced at Lambs House in Congleton.

This was a listed building with a long history, so we had to meet stringent specifications and seek Conservation Officer Approvals. The works comprised full refurbishment of the existing Grade 2 office building to provide new ground floor offices with ancillary rooms in the basement area - plus, conversion of the first and second floors into further offices. On these upper floors, we also created thirteen individual one bed en-suite rooms which all had access to various communal facilities.

These provided attractive and affordable accommodation for people who would otherwise have little chance of finding a decent place to live. In short, offering a much needed ‘stepping stone’ to help them eventually move on.

Apart from requiring all our experience in working on heritage sites, the project was an opportunity for young people on our apprentice programme to develop their skills and engage with the local community.

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