Belfast Telegraph

Building gems shine again as social housing

By Margaret Canning

Around 100 homes of architectural significance around Northern Ireland are to be brought back into use as social housing.

Clanmil Housing Group announced it had merged with Hearth Housing Association, a specialist in conservation.

Now Clanmil will be refurbishing properties including the cottages at Rosetta in south Belfast, as well as the Grade B listed former blood transfusion building on Durham Street.

The Durham Street property will be refurbished to provide 23 homes.

Wallace Park Gate Lodge in Lisburn has already been brought back into use by Hearth.

Steve Amos, chairman of Clanmil Housing Assocation, said: "The merger is good news and increases the potential for more dormant and derelict spaces to be transformed."

Belfast Telegraph