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Clanmil hits 5,000 homes total as former blood transfusion building transformed

Clanmil Housing has turned the Blood Transfusion Authority building into new homes
Clanmil Housing has turned the Blood Transfusion Authority building into new homes
Clanmil Housing has turned the Blood Transfusion Authority building into new homes

By Lisa Smyth

A housing association has transformed a 100-year-old building which used to house the Blood Transfusion Authority into new homes.

The restoration of the Durham Street property by Clanmil Housing and its conversion into apartments is part of a £3.3m housing scheme providing a total of 23 homes.

The development, which was part-funded by the Department for Communities, has given the previously derelict listed building a future. It also marks Clanmil's 5,000th home.

Architects Young & Mackenzie - also architects of the famous Scottish Provident Building and Robinson & Cleaver department store - designed the original building.

It was the home of the Tuberculosis Authority from 1918 to 1960 before it was occupied by the Blood Transfusion Authority.

As part of the present project, contractors Geda Construction reinstated the sash windows with secondary glazing and restored the brick and sandstone detailing.

The building was also extended sympathetically to bring the total number of apartments to 12. The development also includes 10 new family houses and a bungalow.

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Clanmil Group chief executive Clare McCarty said: "Reaching the 5,000 homes milestone is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic team and the valuable input of our partners.

"We are proud to provide modern, comfortable, safe and affordable homes for almost 10,000 people across Northern Ireland.

"We work really hard to make sure people love living in the homes we provide and that they are in vibrant and supportive communities where families can put down roots and thrive. For this project we have worked closely with local political representatives and St Mary's Community Group to ensure we built the right housing mix to meet the need in the area."

Clanmil Housing was first registered as a housing association in March 1977. Its first scheme was The Old Mill independent living for older people in Larne, which is made up of 13 apartments and 12 bungalows.

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