Work has well and truly begun on the demolition and re-build of the old Harvest House situated next to Marston’s Mill on Portcullis Lane, Ludlow.
Along with the re-build, the layout of Marstons Mill will change, including opportunities for local businesses to rent up to three floors of prestigious serviced office space with parking facilities. The current Marstons Mill will contain office space and a community café for locals and visitors to grab a coffee before waiting for train local connections or heading into Ludlow to see what the town has to offer.
During the course of 2019, a new ground floor extension community hub will be completed giving our community full access to IT facilities and a drop in facility to support workers and housing management colleagues.
Marston Mill will also continue to operate as the only Foyer in Shropshire. Comprising of 13 bedsits for homeless and vulnerable young people aged between 16-25 who will be provided with the support and training they need to gain life skills and independence.
The newly named Grain Loft which replaces Harvest House will consist of 3 two bed ground floor apartments for families. One apartment is purpose built to accommodate the specific requirements of a family or an individual with mobility and accessibility requirements. The other three floors will comprise of 9 two bed shared living apartments for those requiring less intensive support from the Foyer service, more specifically for young people to gain experience in living in shared spaces. The apartments will have separate bedrooms and an en-suite with a shared open plan living/kitchen area.
The building has many design features, including copper cladding, recessed guttering to avoid unsightly guttering and conservation roof lights at the top of the building which are flush to the roof, so will be barely noticeable.
South Shropshire Housing Association are providing regular updates on the build through their facebook group, Ludlow Grain Loft.