Clanmil celebrates its 5,000th home as it injects new life into former blood transfusion building

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Clanmil Housing is celebrating its 5,000th home after successfully transforming a 101-year-old listed building on Durham Street, Belfast, into apartments.

The restoration was part of a £3.3million 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.

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.

“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.”

Jean McMahon of St Mary’s Community Group said: “We are greatly encouraged that our community’s fantastic old building is providing new accommodation for a wide range of ages and residents. There is a need for family and older peoples’ housing in the area, so it is fantastic to see both provided for in this scheme.”

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 comprises of 13 apartments and 12 bungalows. In 2011, Clanmil merged with Dungannon and District Housing Association and with housing conservation specialist Hearth in 2017.

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