Corporation flats reach completion

Public health and housing committee chairman Councillor Carol Malarkey with, left to right, Hanover House phase two tenant Reg Hicklin, Department of Social Care's Phil Halliwell, Dandara Contracting Limited's Sion Morris, Department of Social Care Minister Martyn Quayle, MHK, Dandara Contracting Limited's Mike Taylor, Douglas Borough Council's acting housing manager Mark Close, Department of Social Care member Bill Malarkey MHK and architectural practice Savage and Chadwick's Mark Savage at Hanover House

Public health and housing committee chairman Councillor Carol Malarkey with, left to right, Hanover House phase two tenant Reg Hicklin, Department of Social Care's Phil Halliwell, Dandara Contracting Limited's Sion Morris, Department of Social Care Minister Martyn Quayle, MHK, Dandara Contracting Limited's Mike Taylor, Douglas Borough Council's acting housing manager Mark Close, Department of Social Care member Bill Malarkey MHK and architectural practice Savage and Chadwick's Mark Savage at Hanover House

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A TOTAL of 12 flats for Douglas Corporation tenants have been completed in Lord Street.

The £2.1 million project by the council, in partnership with the Department of Social Care, saw the completion of the second phase of Hanover House.

The first phase saw 15 flats completed.

Douglas Council public health and housing committee chairman Carol Malarkey said: ‘The project was completed 13 weeks early and within budget – a fantastic achievement – and on behalf of the council I extend my sincere thanks to the contractors, the design team and the Department of Social Care for bringing this development to a successful conclusion.

‘The apartments will be allocated to existing tenants in lower Douglas, with consideration given to those with restricted mobility and/or health problems, as the building has a lift providing access to all floors.’

She added: ‘I am delighted to see the completion of the second phase of Hanover House, a project that demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing affordable quality public sector housing and complements our continuing investment in the regeneration of Douglas town centre.’

All the flats in the second phase have two bedrooms as well as provision of a secure car parking space.

The building has a lift and provides full disabled access.

The design, by architectural practice Savage and Chadwick, continues the theme of phase one, using Manx stone and render.

Meanwhile the leading corner facing the Lord Street/Athol Street junction contains a circular tower feature similar to that in the first phase.

The contractor was Dandara.

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