Official Opening of new homes for Armed Forces Veterans at Brunswick Street, Cheltenham

Mike Harvey (Commercial Director – Harper Group), Alison Salter (Development Manager – Cheltenham Borough Homes), Lord Paddy Ashdown, Antony Rees (Group Managing Director – Harper Group)

On 20th March, J. Harper & Sons (Leominster) Ltd were thrilled to attend the Official Opening of new homes at Brunswick Street, Cheltenham, specifically aimed at Armed Forces Veterans and some people who were classed as homeless.

We welcomed Lord Ashdown former leader of the Liberal Democrats, and himself a former Royal Marine to the official opening.  Mr Ashdown praised Cheltenham Borough Homes and Cheltenham Borough Council, and said “I think it’s an astonishing achievement- if every local authority in the country built accommodation for 10 veterans in the country then it would go so far to solving what is a real problem for many people who have served their country.”

In total, there are five former soldiers, two former members of the Royal Air Force and two former Royal Naval personnel living in the flats.

We were commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Homes to demolish existing garages that fell into disrepair in Cheltenham City Centre and the construction of 8. No Apartments and 2 new 2 bedroom houses.

All units are tenanted by Cheltenham Borough Homes as affordable rent with the 3 ground floor apartments specifically let to ex servicemen and women. These units are fully D.D.A compliant and are fitted with wet rooms with remote control showers. To assist with access both the front and rear doors are fully automated with fob access.

Following the completion of the scheme we have had some very positive feedback regarding the great improvement it has made visually to the area and how it has helped bring new community to the road.