Work to transform the site of a former swimming pool into 45 new apartments is progressing well after problems with the supply of materials and other supplies.
Willow Homes, the company behind the development of the former swimming pool site in Hexham, has given an update on the project, which will see 45 contemporary apartments built in the heart of the town.
The site housed the town’s swimming pool between 1974 and 2008, and was eventually demolished to make way for apartments in 2020 – although the original facade was retained.
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The original aim was to complete the work by August 2021, but now Willow Homes says the development – which will be known as The Wool House – will likely be finished by December this year.
Bob Skelly, manager of Willow Homes, said the site is halfway through the first phase of a three-phase development program.
He said: “We are pleased with the progress made on site. Like anyone involved in construction work, we have been affected by material shortages and supply delays, but we hope the worst is now over in this regard.
“I am pleased to report that the hot rolled steel frame is being erected at the Haugh Lane elevation. This will give a larger scale to the development and passers-by will be able to get a better idea of what it will look like. The Wool House when completed against the backdrop of neighboring buildings.
“With tailwinds and no further supply delays, we expect the program to be completed around early December 2022.”
Willow Homes says the light gauge steel work is now beginning to create a new silhouette for the Wool House behind the retained facade.
Facade conservation work had caused anger in the city of Northumberland after imposing traffic restrictions on Gilesgate for a long period, but in July it finally reopened to two-way traffic for the first time in two years.
The 45 apartments will include 34 two-bedroom apartments, two two-bedroom duplex apartments and three two-bedroom penthouses with balconies.
Landscaped communal gardens are also being developed along with underground and outdoor parking.
The program agent, the Hexham office of Youngs RPS, is already accepting expressions of interest. At Easter, the estate agent will officially launch the Woll House at a local venue, while a show apartment will open a few months later.
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