Regeneration of hostel gives tenants new skills
A landlord is using the redevelopment of a former convent to teach residents new skills and keep them informed of what is going on.
Liverpool Mutual Homes is using its own web television service to document the redevelopment of Belvidere Road Family Centre – a 19th century convent – into the UK’s first eco-friendly homeless hostel.
Contractors Bardsley construction are undertaking repairs and redevelopment work on the centre while residents on the 15,000-home landlord’s television project, LMH.tv, have been making films of the work taking place.
Tenants on the scheme are given the opportunity to learn about film-making by taking part in casting, editing, directing and learning how to use the equipment.
Steve Coffey, LMH chief executive, said: ‘LMH.tv empowers and engages tenants to get involved more in their community and learn new skills, while the Belvidere Road Family Centre project addresses homeless issues, helps create safer communities and regenerates properties using the greenest techniques and products available.
‘It is important to keep people informed of progress in big development projects like this and our integrated use of social media allows residents to see what is happening and interact with us and others in the community.’
As well as regeneration of the existing building, a new side wing and rear extension with four apartments will also be built.
Photovoltaic solar panels will be used throughout the building and heat pumps will also be put in to convert hot air into energy and provide hot water.
Redevelopment of the site is expected to be completed by March 2012.