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Carrick Hill Welcomes New Family Homes

Published: Fri, 2 Jun 2017
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(l to r) John Gill, Unico Contracts; residents, Margaret & Hugh Grieve; Anthony McKenna, NIHE; resident Roseanne Barkley; Richard Turkington JCP; Frank Dempsey, Carrick Hill Residents’ Ass.; resident Caitlin Flynn; & Gerry McEvoy, M&M Construction
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Three families have been given keys to new homes in north Belfast following the renovation of a hostel which operated on the site for more than 100 years.
The Housing Executive converted the hostel on Wall Street, Carrick Hill, at a cost of £240,000 into spacious three-bedroom homes which have been completely refurbished including new kitchens and bathrooms.
One of the new tenants, Roseanne Barkley, a mum of three, said:
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call from the Housing Executive offering me this house – I’m overwhelmed! It’s beautiful inside and is located so close to my work and the schools.
“I have two children under 10 and one teenager and currently we live in a small two-bedroom house, moving to a much bigger home will be wonderful and the young ones will love the garden too.
“I’m excited to get moved in and put my own stamp on it.”
Our local Area Manager, Malachy McKinney, said:
“We are thrilled to create three new homes in Carrick Hill, an area of high demand for social housing.
“The houses are finished to a very high specification. The former hostel has been completely rebuilt internally to provide spacious new homes with modern bathrooms/kitchens and all new fixtures and fittings throughout. Both the tenants and residents’ group are delighted with the properties.”
The Victorian, ‘Carrick House’, opened in 1902 as a lodging house for men offering 100 beds in small cubicles. The House was such a success that the building was extended a number of times over the years.
The Housing Executive assumed statutory responsibility for Carrick Hill Hostel in 1988 and built a new hostel on the site in 1997 which provided accommodation for men with addiction issues. The hostel closed down a few years ago.
Carrick Hill Residents’ Association was involved in the design and layout of the new properties during the project’s consultation process.
An atmospheric photograph of Carrick House captured in 1907.
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Frank Dempsey, Housing & Community Development Worker at the local group, said:
“We welcome the addition of three new homes in the area. This is a good day for Carrick Hill and we wish the families well in their new homes.
“However, we were sad to see the men’s hostel closing as it had been in operation for over 100 years and was part of the very fabric of this community - it feels like the end of an era.
“Numbers in the hostel had dwindled in recent years and the last few tenants were moved into other accommodation a few years ago.
"The Housing Executive had committed many years ago that in the event of the hostel closing they would return Carrick House to this community – they have honoured that commitment.
“We’d like to thank the Housing Executive for creating these fantastic new homes.”
JCP Partnership-Richard Turkington was the consultants on the refurbishment project and the contractor was M&M Construction.