reblogged from RBC’s newsletter
Rosemary Simmons Housing Association has opened its latest development in Egham, Surrey. The homes at Coopers Mews, which have all been let for affordable rent to local people, were officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Yvonna Lay, on Thursday 12 September.
Built on the former site of a single empty bungalow set in a large garden, the 3 x one bed and 5 x two bed apartments provide much-needed accommodation in the heart of the town. A distinctive and attractive timber clad building, Coopers Mews is just minutes away from the shops and direct train line into London Waterloo. The stylish new apartments have achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and benefit from many eco-technologies that reduce the amount of energy used and help residents to save money.
Ben Pizzey and Kirsty Williams were delighted when they got the keys to their new two bed ground floor apartment at Coopers Mews. It ended many months of uncertainty after the birth of their son Callum and enabled the young family to move out of temporary accommodation. After five months of living in two small rooms and using a shared bathroom, they accepted the flat in Coopers Mews on the spot without even viewing the apartment.
When they did see their new home, they were amazed. Kirsty confesses, “We just thought that there must have been a mistake, that there was no way that we were moving in here. It was perfect, like you see in the property shows on TV! We just couldn’t have wanted anything better, especially how close it is to everything.”
Boasting bright airy living space with plenty of room for Callum to play, the couple don’t think that it is any coincidence that he started walking within two weeks of moving in. With a settled home, the couple can now start to plan the future of their family, including registering Callum for one of the many good quality nursery schools within walking distance.
Paul Yates, the Chief Executive of Rosemary Simmons said, “We are delighted to provide eight new, conveniently located, affordable homes for local people in Egham. Coopers Mews came about through excellent partnership working with Runnymede Borough Council who put us in touch with the owner of the bungalow, as part of their empty homes strategy. The finished product is a testimony to the skills of the project team who dealt with a number of challenges on a very tight site.”
The £1.75 million scheme was part funded by grants from the Homes and Communities Agency (£184,000) and the Council (£150,000). The apartments, designed by architects Saville Jones and built by contractors Sunninghill Ltd. were all let within days of becoming available.
Councillor Damian Sorgiovanni, Vice Chairman of Housing Committee, said: “We’d like to thank Rosemary Simmons and the Homes and Communities Agency for their investment and support in bringing this scheme into the borough. This is an attractive scheme in a fabulous location close to a wide range of services and networks. It is a valuable addition to the borough and I hope the residents of the units will be very happy here.”