Celebration held to mark new homes being delivered in St Leonards


16 July 2019IMAGE: Winchester House in St Leonards

We've partnered with Hastings Borough Council to renovate Winchester House in St Leonards as part of the Coastal Space project.

The refurbishment has delivered 26 apartments, featuring a mix of one and two bedroom homes, all of which are affordable rent for local people.

The latest milestone in the project was officially celebrated on Tuesday (16 July) at Winchester House in Pevensey Road.

The Coastal Space project is continuing to turn empty, run down and derelict properties into quality affordable homes.

Andy Batsford, lead councillor for housing at Hastings Borough Council, said:
“This is a fantastic example of partnership working to provide decent homes for those who need them most. It has been great to see this run down building being lovingly brought back to life with imagination and care to provide new homes for our Hastings families and residents. This has been a great project made possible with bold funding from HBC and forward thinking from Optivo and I look forward to the next exciting project.”

Lenka Muir, Development Manager at Optivo, said:
“It’s great to see the positive impact Coastal Space continues to have on the central St Leonards area. We’ve enjoyed working in partnership with Hastings Borough Council to transform Winchester House and it’s clear to see the massive difference this project continues to make to people’s lives. We’re already fully focussed on the next phase of the project and look forward to providing more affordable homes to local people in the future.”

Funding from Hastings Borough Council and Homes England enabled Optivo to renovate the building which had previously stood empty for over ten years.

Coastal Space has transformed 38 properties across seven sites in St Leonards since 2013.

The next phase is already underway and will see 16 apartments provided following the conversion of a disused care home, Leolyn House, in Pevensey Road.

Coastal Space has also helped over 200 local residents to get involved in skills and learning projects. A dedicated employment team offer one to one support, advice and guidance to help individuals find training and jobs.