Could Cripplegate House tower block in St John's have the rooftop room with the best view in Worcester?

HIGH LIFE: The tower block's new look takes shape

ROOM WITH A VIEW: The residents' lounge at the top of the block will have spectacular vistas

AS THEY WERE: The flats before the revamp began

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PEOPLE in Worcester have got their first glimpse of the new-look tower blocks in St John’s.

Now 60 weeks into the development, scaffolding is beginning to come down from the blocks, two floors at at time, to ensure the rendering and scaffolding doesn’t mark the building and gives it the best possible finish.

The resident’s lounge in Cripplegate House, which is to be used for residents’ clubs and groups and as a spot take in the views and enjoy the impending summer, has been revealed.

Mike Rothwell, head of property investment at Worcester Community Housing, which has carried out the work, said: “ Work is still ongoing, but this stage is always the most exciting bit.

“Most of the interior work, in terms of replacing windows and balconies, has been done and more and more of the building will be revealed, giving residents and the public the chance to see it all coming together.

“We will work on Cripplegate House, then move progressively onto Henwick House and finally onto Severn House. All the final work should come to fruition at the same time though.”

All three blocks have followed the same colour scheme, with the building being a darker colour at the base, getting gradually lighter as the building gets higher.

An added bonus of the flats’ rejuvenation will be two lifts in every block that go to each floor, replacing the previous lifts, which saw one lift for odd-numbered floors and one for even.

Mr Rothwell said: “We wanted to do that for residents, as before with lifts going to designated floors, it caused a massive problem if one of the lifts broke down.”

“We also have one lift that goes directly to the resident’s lounge.”

The makeover is expected to be completed by July.

 

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8:25pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Wonderfull, well done Worcester Community Housing.
Wonderfull, well done Worcester Community Housing. Jabbadad
  • Score: 18

9:03pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

Roll on the pension changes. I'am taking it all as a lump sum, going on a 7* five year round the world tour and then claiming poverty and asking for a penthouse on my return.....
Roll on the pension changes. I'am taking it all as a lump sum, going on a 7* five year round the world tour and then claiming poverty and asking for a penthouse on my return..... Guy66
  • Score: 11

10:07pm Thu 20 Mar 14

voledog says...

"The resident’s lounge in Cripplegate House"...isn't that a rather big building for just one person?
"The resident’s lounge in Cripplegate House"...isn't that a rather big building for just one person? voledog
  • Score: 14

7:24am Fri 21 Mar 14

moonpig says...

The bit that we can see so far looks great. I am looking forward to seeing the rest revealed bit by bit!
The bit that we can see so far looks great. I am looking forward to seeing the rest revealed bit by bit! moonpig
  • Score: 9

8:39am Fri 21 Mar 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

No matter what has been done to them, it does not stop them being (to quote the POW) - three carbuncles in our city. But I do envy the residents - the views, the location and hopefully now modern up to date apartments with a community spirit!
No matter what has been done to them, it does not stop them being (to quote the POW) - three carbuncles in our city. But I do envy the residents - the views, the location and hopefully now modern up to date apartments with a community spirit! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 4

10:42am Fri 21 Mar 14

Andy-Apache says...

They look nice enough for tower blocks. Some of the ones I remember in Liverpool during my youth - hell on earth.
They look nice enough for tower blocks. Some of the ones I remember in Liverpool during my youth - hell on earth. Andy-Apache
  • Score: 7

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