Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Towers to Fall in Pounds 15m Scheme

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Towers to Fall in Pounds 15m Scheme

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Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE

TWO tower blocks are set to be demolished as part of schemes costing almost pounds 15m to improve housing in Middlesbrough.

The schemes being put forward by Erimus Housing involve:

Demolishing Glentworth House and Fulbeck House at Netherfields.

Carrying out an extensive revamp of the neighbouring Welton House.

Injecting pounds 11m into a major regeneration of the Hemlington estate. It will see homes and the environment improved, the conversion of some properties to family homes, and selective demolition of the most unpopular homes.

Around pounds 3.8m will be spent on major improvements to Welton House and demolishing Glentworth House and Fulbeck House.

Each of the 90 flats in Welton House will be fully refurbished. The work will include new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring. Windows will be replaced with double glazed units. The communal areas and entrance will be modernised to 21st century standards. The block will also be made more energy efficient and attractive externally.

Work is planned to start in June next year. Residents will be moved out temporarily because of the extensive nature of the work.

Chris Smith, Erimus's Director of Regeneration, said: "Modernising Welton House to a high standard will provide good quality accommodation that will hopefully be popular for years to come."

In consultations which started last year residents in the three blocks were asked their views on the high-rise properties. Feedback showed the blocks were often being used for anti-social activities, that they were occupied by a high concentration of people with complex support needs and had a high turnover of residents.

Moves were made to make improvements for residents but further consultation revealed the problems were recurring.

The Erimus Housing Board decided to demolish Glentworth House and Fulbeck House. Residents affected by the demolition will be moved to a location of their choice, wherever possible. …

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