Gloucester tower block to be demolished
By Matt Hall | 22nd June 2021
The city's skyline is set to change, after plans have been announced to close and demolish the Clapham Court high-rise sheltered housing scheme on Alvin Street in Kingsholm.
Built in 1963 and primarily retirement housing, owners Gloucester City Homes said the difficult decision had been made due to spiralling maintenance costs for the 80-flat building.
A statement from the housing provider said: "We understand and recognise that our decision will have a devastating impact on our residents and that Clapham Court is their home with treasured memories. We also know their families will be concerned for their loved ones.
"We are in individual communication with all of the affected residents and will work closely with them and their family members to ensure that suitable future housing is made available to them."
"The decision has been made as the building is over 50 years old and because of its height and concrete construction, it needs regular attention just to maintain it in its present condition.
"Working with specialist advisors, we have looked at the significant and increasing costs needed over the coming years, alongside the future desirability of Clapham Court as accommodation for older residents. These costs are likely to exceed £1 million and have the potential to keep rising."
Anita Pope, director of Housing and Communities added: "We would like to reassure local residents that nothing will happen immediately, and we expect that it will take up to three years before any works might start. All local residents will have an opportunity to comment on any future development when that stage is reached.
"Please be assured that we will continue to provide quality services, maintain the building to its existing high standards and ensure that it continues to meet all health and safety requirements in the meantime."
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