Contractor appointed for redevelopment of Winston Osborne House, Caerphilly
Winston Osborne House closed in 2018 but was utilised by Caerphilly County Borough Council at the height of the pandemic to provide secure accommodation for those in need of somewhere temporary to live.
Linc, a housing association and care provider, has owned Winston Osborne House since it merged with Abbeyfield Wales in March 2022. Planning consent for the redevelopment was received in April 2022 and sees Winston Osborne House reconfigured to create eight high quality, self-contained flats with some communal facilities for the delivery of support.
P&P will be present onsite from Monday 20th March when they will begin some basic site set up before construction work begins in the coming weeks.
Chris Monk, Development Project Manager at Linc, said:
“We’re pleased to announce that P&P has been appointed to the redevelopment of Winston Osborne House.
“With a strong track record of developing high quality homes on behalf of social landlords, we are looking forward to working with them again, as well as Caerphilly County Borough Council, to deliver much needed affordable housing.
“The work to convert and extend the current building will transform the dated accommodation into eight flats. Winston Osborne House is situated in a residential area close to the town centre, which provides good access to shops, transport links and job opportunities.”
As a socially responsible business committed to supporting local communities, Linc incorporates a social value clause within its contracts. This a requirement that any contractor appointed by Linc will carry out activities or provide funding that will benefit members of the local community. Linc will work alongside P&P to ensure that the redevelopment provides added benefits to the local community.
A spokesperson for P&P Builders said:
“We are looking forward to working with Linc on the redevelopment of Winston Osborne House. When complete it will provide much needed accommodation in Caerphilly that will be constructed to current levels and standards. This will bring an older building back into use and ensure the longevity of the proposed scheme.”
The transformation of Winston Osborne House into eight apartments with additional support has been informed by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Supporting People team and has been funded by Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant and Housing with Care Fund.
Cllr Shayne Cook, Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“The Council is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in the county borough to meet need. We are in the midst of a national housing crisis and, locally, are exploring a range of opportunities to address this, including our own ambitious development programme. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Linc to bring this disused building back into beneficial use and I look forward to seeing its transformation.”