The facility now has 59 homes. Credit: COYC

York invests £3.2m in Glen Lodge overhaul

After expanding the independent living community in 2018 with 27 homes, the original 32 apartments will be upgraded by the city council.

The Heowrth facility was originally built in the 1970s, with the £4m extension created in 2018.

The extensive refurbishment of the original building will put the original living and communal spaces on a par with the new extension.

The refurbishment includes:

  • complete rewiring and replumbing
  • installing a new heating system compatible with a low-energy and low-carbon air source heat pump
  • increasing current levels of insulation including insulating balconies to keep temperatures more constant in all seasons
  • fitting new double-glazed windows
  • completely replacing all kitchens and bathrooms with accessible fittings
  • giving three ground floor apartments improved access to the scheme’s gardens by adding external doors, and adding patios – where space permits.

Cllr Michael Pavlovic, executive member for housing at City of York Council, said: “Providing older residents who most need it, affordable, energy efficient and accessible accommodation is a foundation of our ambition for the city.

“This £3.23m investment will create a uniformly modern and comfortable independent living community where high quality care can be given 24/7 and residents can thrive.”

Completion is expected in spring 2025.

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