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Social club transformation marks completion of Empty Homes project

Dave Ettridge, Kevin Marling, Steve Alltoft, Simon Delaney

The refurbishment of Belmont Social Club on New Bridge Road in Hull is the final project as part of the Empty Homes Programme run by Probe, Delaney Marling Partnership and Ettridge Architecture.

The former site of the social club has been transformed into finished five individual houses that are now available for sale at affordable prices.

Belmont Social Club was one of the most popular in East Hull, apparently selling the cheapest beer which meant it had a very long waiting list for membership.

Chartered surveyor, Simon Delaney from Delaney Marling Partnership has worked with Probe throughout the Empty Homes program which as seen three other well-known buildings restored and returned the to the affordable housing market in Hull. He said:

Each one of the void properties so far have played a part in Hull’s cultural heritage and we know that Belmont Social Club was no exception, it was the hub of the local community for many years, playing host to family functions and entertainment.”

As a not for profit company, Probe refurbishes derelict properties, turning them into high quality affordable rented accommodation for local people. These are houses and premises such as abandoned pubs that have become a blight on the local community and as part of a Government initiative, Probe is able to purchase and restore these buildings and return them to their former glory.

Our role throughout the project has been to complete condition surveys to identify the feasibility and cost along with preparation of a specification and tender documents for each project. We provide advice during the tendering process and we have been ongoing project managers working with Dave Ettridge from Ettridge Architecture and supervising the building contractors on each project, for Belmont Social Club this was Westland Construction who have undertaken the works to a good standard the houses will be enjoyed by local families.

Dave Ettridge said:

I am delighted that this programme has completed successfully. The four properties we have worked on include the Lion House in Hessle Road, a beautiful Georgian property on Wright Street in central Hull and the Rank House on Holderness Road. All of these buildings are well-known locally and provide a remarkable example of what can be achieved to improve and regenerate the area.

Steve Alltoft, general manager from Probe said:

We have had a great team working on the restoration of our empty homes and I am very happy with the results of the project which have provided very high quality accommodation to local people who need it the most.

During 2012-2015, Hull received £11m for its Empty Homes Programme. Probe was one of the biggest projects and received £2.5m from the Homes and Communities Agency. The City has the highest rate for empty (void) properties in the UK with 3,500 which are uninhabitable and there are 9000 people locally, currently waiting for adequate quality living accommodation. The new funding programme is just starting and organisations including Probe are currently bidding.

Probe continues to work in partnership with Hull College to provide skills and training for students and apprentices, offering live projects to work on giving invaluable experience outside of the college environment.

A small celebration took place yesterday at the properties on New Bridge Road.

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