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Former council building transformed into spectacular new homes

SWANSEA Council has unveiled two new council homes in the community of Gorseinon.

The two semi-detached three-bedroom homes have been completed at a property on Alexandra Road in Gorseinon.

The latest development has involved the conversion of an existing building owned by the Council and previously housed a respite centre that was no longer required.

Both new homes have been fitted out with new kitchens, new bathrooms, energy efficient uPVC windows, heating equipment and beautifully landscaped gardens – complete with a garden shed.

The Council is continuing its efforts to increase its own housing stock and help provide safe and secure homes for residents on the current housing waiting list.

The keys to both properties are expected to be handed over to the lucky new tenants in the coming months.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Service Transformation was recently taken on a tour of the newly completed homes and says she is over the moon with the results of the conversion.

Cllr Lewis said; “Once again, our Housing and Corporate Building Services have pulled out the stops and created two fantastic new properties, all ready for families to move in to.

“We are continuing to develop new homes in the city that are of the highest quality. This includes not only the completion of new homes, but also the redevelopment of empty properties that can be brought back into use as affordable housing.

“This latest scheme has transformed an empty building that was no longer required,  and has helped us increase the number of council homes we have in our current stock.”

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The Council previously worked on a former education building in Uplands – Bryn House, which was converted into four one-bedroomed flats and was opened in early 2022.

Further conversions are ongoing in the city with two former District Housing Officers being transformed into new flats.

Six brand new two-bedroomed bungalows have also been recently completed in West Cross.

Cllr Lewis added: “We are pushing forward with the commitment we made to increase and improve our housing stock so we can reduce waiting lists and ensure we tackle homelessness effectively.

“Our More Homes initiative seeks to build 1,000 new energy-efficient council properties within a decade – the biggest council housebuilding project for a generation.”

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