Official opening on Saxonbury House
Councillors were given a guided tour of the latest housing scheme developed by Lewes District Council.
Utilising an existing long-term vacant asset, six two-bedroom and six one-bedroom flats have been completed at Saxonbury House following extensive refurbishment of the historic building in Juggs Road, including major internal and external improvements.
The council has prioritised work to address the shortage of homes to meet local needs in the district and Saxonbury House is the first developed in Lewes town for five years.
Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I made it a key objective in my role as a councillor to breathe new life into Saxonbury House and I couldn’t be happier to see those efforts pay off in such a positive way.
“The refurbishments are of high-quality and sympathetic to the original character of the Victorian architecture.
“It certainly is a very proud moment to see these new homes ready for local residents on the council’s housing register.”
Located on the site of a scheduled ancient monument, Saxonbury House had stood empty for a number of years, with Historic England giving the final approval for the scheme.
The refurbishment has transformed the energy efficiency of the 130-year-old building, taking a fabric first approach to sustainable development, the improvements include high-performance windows and doors, electric high heat retention heaters, LED bulbs used throughout and communal areas with movement sensitive lighting. The building is located a short walk from the town centre, with bus and rail links and ample secure bicycle storage.
Councillor Meyer added: “I’m very grateful to the council officers and construction team for creating these wonderful new homes, my sincere thanks goes to all of them.”