St Leger Homes of Doncaster

Apprentices create specially adapted home for local residents

Apprentices’ create specially adapted home for local residents.JPG

We are putting the finishing touches to a scheme which has seen a once empty and run down bungalow in Askern converted into a high quality home for someone with special housing needs.

The property, which had previously been privately owned, is being brought back into use and offered to people on Doncaster Council’s Accessible Housing Register (AHR). The AHR holds details of people who have a disability, or other health needs, which mean that they require specially adapted homes.

To make it suitable, the bungalow needed to be completely renovated from top to bottom. The work was carried out by a trades team that included four apprentices who all relished the chance to show the skills they have learned through their training and mentorship at St Leger Homes.

The apprentices’ work included widening doorways and other internal alterations to make the home accessible for someone who uses a wheelchair or walking aids, and building an extension on the back of the property to create more space. They were also involved in landscaping work which included seeding a new lawn, laying wheelchair accessible paving and even building an attractive decorative archway for the new tenants to enjoy when they are out in the garden.

Chris Margrave, Director of Property Services at St Leger Homes, said:

“With this scheme we saw a fantastic opportunity to provide a high quality, bespoke home that will benefit local people with special housing needs for years to come. The work needed to upgrade this property was so extensive that it has also enabled our apprentices to both gain valuable experience and demonstrate the skills they have learned in all of the different trades – from brickwork to electrical wiring, roofing and more.”

Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Business, said:

“It’s great news that this innovative approach from St Leger Homes is providing much needed accessible housing locally by bringing empty homes back into use.”



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