Tir y Capel

We’ve carried out a major refurbishment of Tir y Capel sheltered housing scheme, in Llay, which provides independent living for people aged 60 and over.

The scheme was originally built in 1984 in Llay and provided 21 apartments.

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The works at the scheme which have taken over 17 months to complete involved, stripping the buildings back to a bare shell and adding new roofing, internal wall insulation, exterior render and triple glazed windows to the exterior.

The floor area has been increased by incorporating bays which have metal standing seam cladding and roofing, which change the overall appearance of the scheme.  The interior of the apartments have been remodelled, with the kitchens now direct from the living area to provide ease of movement from one space to the other and wet rooms have been sited to provide both access from the hall and the bedroom.

There is a large renewable element to the project, with each of the apartment being heated by air source heat pumps.  Photovoltaic panels have been installed and connected to the communal areas to help reduce the costs of service charges for tenants for the communal heating and electricity and an electric vehicle charging points has been included.

The communal lounge has been redesigned for use by all of the tenants.  These are used for regular social events and are important social places which help with tenants’ well-being, loneliness and isolation.

The external areas have been upgraded to provide level access around the building, and the gardens landscaped.  The warden alarm system, video door entry system has been upgraded and a new sprinkler system has been installed.

Ellis Williams Architects were appointed to design and manage the remodelling of the scheme, which originally consisted of small one bedroom accommodation, which failed to meet the aspirations of many of today’s older people in terms of design, space, accessibility and efficiency.

The large scale refurbishment works were undertaken by local firm Read Construction.

Refurbishment works are ongoing at the second sheltered housing scheme at Llys y Mynydd, Rhos which are estimated to be completed by Autumn 2023.

Tir y Capel: completed to a very high standard

Cllr David Bithell, Lead Member for Housing said: “We are very excited to have welcomed new and returning tenants into Tir y Capel. The new accommodation has been completed to a very high standard and I am excited for the residents to move in, to what is now, an exceptional example of sheltered housing and the first of many schemes to be refurbished in Wrexham.”

The funding for the works was secured from the Housing Revenue Account and Welsh Government Affordable Housing Grant and Optimised RetroFit Programme.

For more information about Wrexham Council’s Sheltered Housing schemes visit: Sheltered housing sites | Wrexham County Borough Council

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