Friday, 27 September 2013
Thanet Council - Council hands keys over to redeveloped hotel
People in the image from L to R: Craig George (housing Services Manager, TDC), Andrew Emmerson (Housing Improvement Officer, TDC), Peter Smith (Asset Management Surveyor, KCC), Cllr Linda Aldred (Ward Councillor of Cliftonville West), Cllr David Green (Cabinet Member for housing, TDC), Cllr Clive Hart (Leader of the Council), Terry Driver (Contracts Manager, R R Richardson Ltd), Anita Pearce (Area Manager, Homes & communities Agency), Lauren Hemsley (Strategic Housing Manager, TDC)
Thanet District Council is to hand over the keys to the new tenants of the former Hotel Embassy on Surrey Road. The keys of these homes will be handed over to two local families, who are on the council’s housing register.
For the past nine months local companies including builders, roofers, plumbers and many more, have been sub-contracted through R R Richardson Ltd, the main contractor, to work solidly on renovating this empty building. Originally a 30-bed house in multiple occupation, these homes, now known as 50 & 50a Surrey Road have been turned into two four-bed dwellings.
This Edwardian building was originally built in the time when Margate was a thriving holiday destination. The refurbishment of these beautifully built homes is part of the council’s 10-15 year ‘Live Margate’ programme, which aims to encourage prospective investors and developers to build this up and coming town into what it used to be.
On Friday 27 September, ward councillors and all involved in the renovation visited the now complete building for the first time since being completed, which was a satisfying moment for all.
Councillor David Green, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The council is proud to have worked with some astounding architects, contractors and officers on this project. Everyone involved has done an excellent job and should be very pleased.
“This is the start of a huge programme in Cliftonville, which is bursting at the seams with potential, creating a dynamic place for families to live.”
To find out more on the next project in the Housing Intervention Programme, please go to www.thanet.gov.uk/livemargate