£20m major maintenance scheme set for Poole old town tower blocks

Councillors at Poole’s cabinet meeting last night, (Tuesday, 5 Feb) approved a £20.25m investment scheme to refurbish four tower blocks in old town Poole, known as ‘Project Admiral’.

The four blocks, Drake Court, Grenville Court, Nelson Court and Rodney Court, managed by Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) are set to have extensive refurbishment including:

•Roofing replacement

•Façade removal and refit with rain screen cladding

•Removal and refit of balconies

•Supply and fit of windows

•Main entrance lobby structures

•Electrical works

•Refit of heating and hot water systems

•Sprinkler system

•General works

The proposals include enhanced fire management across all blocks including recommendations to fit sprinklers and all façade materials will be non-combustible.

Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Housing, said:

“This is a huge investment in housing stock which will benefit residents in Poole Old Town. The works are essential to ensure that we can continue to provide good quality social housing for the next 30 years. The works will not only improve residents’ homes, but it will also enhance the old town as part of the wider regeneration of the area.”

Su Spence, Chief Executive of Poole Housing Partnership, said: 

“The project will be funded by the Borough of Poole Housing Revenue Account and delivered by Poole Housing Partnership on behalf of the Council.  “The contractor will be confirmed in March 2019 and consultation with residents will begin over the programme of works.”


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