In the news: Plans approved for improvement works at Basildon's Brooke House
Councillors have formally agreed the plans for a series of improvement works to Brooke House, at a meeting of Basildon Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday 22 June 2022.
An exciting revamp is coming to Brooke House, a Grade II listed building in Basildon Town Centre that is home to more than 80 families. The works will improve the overall safety for residents while making the block more accessible.
The works include infilling the open area beneath Brooke House to create a lobby with a new fully accessible entrance. In addition to an extension of the existing escape stairway to ground level and the introduction of a new lift providing access to the lift lobby and the new roof terrace. The works will also include associated repairs, refurbishment and decoration works throughout the building.
Due to the listed status of Brooke House, additional care was taken to develop plans which fulfilled the necessary criteria for redevelopment. Residents were consulted throughout the process, influencing the final designs through a series of focus groups and written consultations. All works will be delivered with care and consideration to maintain the historical and cultural heritage of the building.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal, Councillor Andrew Schrader said "We've committed £10 million to our Safe and Sound Estates Programme to help create clean and safe neighbourhoods. Brooke House is an iconic feature of Basildon Town Centre and these works will ensure that cultural significance is maintained for future generations, while delivering important improvements to the living experience for the people who call the building home."
Published on Thursday 23 June 2022