THE revamp of the high rise flats in St John's has taken another step closer to completion, after the sky lounge officially opened its doors to residents.

The lounge, on the highest floor in Cripplegate House, boasts a modern seating area and kitchen, and spectacular views of the city.

Richard Grounds, executive director of Growth and Investment at Fortis Living, said: "This is a great example of our commitment to improving the homes and communities of our residents.

"Fortis Living has invested £5 million in the iconic high rises giving them a clean, modern look in keeping with Worcester’s skyline.

"The Sky Lounge is one of the highlights of the revamp and it is fantastic that we can now hand it over to the residents’ to enjoy."

Digging work is currently underway to create 14 new tennant car parks on the grounds. It is due to be completed by Christmas Eve, with soil bounds to be grassed next spring.

Christmas Eve is also the target date for a number of other tasks to be completed by.

New entrances to the blocks, a recycled waste store and disabled toilets are also scheduled to be finished by then.

For those who need it, a mobility scooter charging facility is scheduled to be i byn place early January, along with the roof tops gardens on Severn House and Henwick House.

Internally, rendering and cladding, window and lift replacements, the new communal lounge and new laundry facilities in each block have all been completed.

David Ludlow of Mears, the company responsible for carrying out the work, said, “Mears are proud to work in partnership with Fortis Living to develop and transform the iconic tower blocks.

"We would like to thank residents and the local community for their support and understanding during the building works.”