Work is under way on the second phase of improvements to a supported housing scheme for young people in the centre of Banbury.
Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group completed the first phase of work at Banbury Foyer inMawle Court in May 2012 in a £650,000 project to improve the communal areas of the premises.
This included renovation of the reception area, offices, storage rooms and laundry, a newly-built communal lounge and IT suite and the provision of a garden area and bike racks. Two new bedsits were also created.
The second phase of the project will see existing flats at the foyer remodelled into 25 self-contained bedsits. There will also be a new two-bedroom flat, emergency bed space and extra storage created in this second phase of work.
The £1 million project will be built by Sanctuary’s contractors CLC and is due to be completed in August.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the area, said: “The improvement work in phase one completely transformed the communal areas of the foyer and we hope to have a similar impact in this second phase as outdated flats are converted into new bedsits.
“There is a significant demand for accommodation of this type in Banbury and we are proud to be playing our part in providing young people with purpose-built high quality homes where they can live in a safe and supported environment.”
Councillor Debbie Pickford, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for housing, said: “Cherwell has worked closely with Sanctuary to refurbish this accommodation and to ensure further housing opportunities for young people. We welcome this building which offers those with housing difficulties a chance to develop their tenancy skills and prepares them to move on to more fixed accommodation.”