15 May 2019

Choice has begun an ambitious £500k refurbishment project which will see a complete transformation of Kimberley House in Newtownards.

Funded by the Housing Executive’s Development Programme Group, the project will mark a new chapter for the supported housing scheme and its tenants.

The current scheme comprises of 13 bedsits, a communal living lounge and staff offices. Tenants can expect to see a complete overhaul of existing facilities undertaken by lead contractor, Hetherington Painting and Building Contractors as they seek to remodel the property into 7 self-contained apartments.

The transformation of Kimberley House will be led by Choice Building Surveyors and help create more inclusive living spaces and meet the diverse needs of people who are in supported living. Upgrade works of the existing amenities will include new doors, windows and heating services. The renovation is expected to be completed within eight months.

Michael McDonnell, Group Chief Executive of Choice Housing said: 

“Choice is not only committed to addressing the current social housing need across Northern Ireland with new build projects but we are equally committed to continuing to improve our current housing stock.

“This investment in Kimberley House not only offers more housing options for those who are in need but it will continue to enhance the local community and area through a refresh and upgrade of the building and specific amenities.”  

Adrien Hetherington at Hetherington Painting and Building Contractors added:

“We were delighted to have been appointed lead contractor on this project which will work in collaboration with Choice to deliver high quality housing for its current and future residents. There is no doubt the seven new self-contained apartments to the scheme will be welcomed to provide further supported housing.”

Other partners involved in this project include VB Evans Quantity Surveyors and R&H Design Mechanical and Electrical.