Vision for almshouses
Plans to modernise and extend charity’s homes
NEIGHBOURS of one of Uxbridge’s most hidden – but most needed – buildings will be invited in next month to have their say on its future.
As well as enjoying a cup of tea, visitors to Woodbridge House, the almshouse accommodation belonging to the Uxbridge United Welfare Trusts, will be asked to comment on plans for its redevelopment.
The charity’s trustees want everyone living in the roads around the building, which is set back from New Windsor Street close to Mahjack’s Roundabout, to get a look at their vision for a complete rebuild intended to provide modern accommodation suitable for a larger community of residents.
If everything goes according to plan, the current occupants would be back home in a modern, safe and more accessible building by late 2017 – and welcoming new residents and neighbours.
The idea is to replace the existing 20 bedsits with 30 apartments with bathrooms, wheelchair accessible and each with a balcony and garden view.
The scheme includes a café for residents and their guests, a new trust office designed to improve site security, staff accommodation and ample parking.
Uxbridge United Welfare Trusts general manager Mick Cater said it was high time Woodbridge House was made fit for the 21st century.
“We dearly want to give our residents a home that will serve them for the rest of their days,” he said.
“We also want to share our vision for Woodbridge House with our neighbours so they can see what we have in mind and let us know what they think as we progress towards making a planning application to Hillingdon Council. We really want to get this right.”
Woodbridge House was built in 1906, on land previously occupied by almshouses which dated back to the 18th century. Refurbished twice, it is no longer fit for purpose, say the trustees.
For example, none of its 20 bedsits is suitable for couples or disabled people, and rooms look out on to a car park.
Stairs are too steep, hallways are too cramped and a glazed cloister, intended to give residents a place to sit outside in all weathers, is too hot in summer and too cold in winter.
The neighbourhood consultation, with plans and drawings available to view, will be at Woodbridge House, New Windsor Street, Uxbridge on Tuesday, February 2 from 4pm to 8pm.
For more information call 01895 232976.
n VISION: How the Uxbridge United Welfare Trust almshouse could look after it is redeveloped