Major refurbishment to Glen Lodge’s original building starts

After adding 27 extra homes to Glen Lodge in 2018, work is starting to refurbish and make the 32 original apartments more energy-efficient, accessible and comfortable.

This popular independent living community in Heworth was originally built in the 1970s and a £4 million investment in 2018 added 25 new apartments and two new bungalows to it.

The extensive refurbishment of the original building will put the original living and communal spaces on a par with the new extension.

The refurbishment includes:

  • complete rewiring and replumbing
  • installing a new heating system compatible with a low-energy and low-carbon air source heat pump
  • increasing current levels of insulation including insulating balconies to keep temperatures more constant in all seasons
  • fitting new double-glazed windows
  • completely replacing all kitchens and bathrooms with accessible fittings
  • giving three ground floor apartments improved access to the scheme’s gardens by adding external doors, and adding patios – where space permits.

Cllr Michael Pavlovic, Executive Member for Housing at City of York Council, said:

“Providing older residents who most need it, affordable, energy efficient and accessible accommodation is a foundation of our ambition for the city. This £3.23 million investment will create a uniformly modern and comfortable independent living community where high quality care can be given 24/7 and residents can thrive.”

The work is due to complete in spring 2025 when residents will be able to move in.