Rank House conversion to affordable housing nears completion

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by KCFM

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A project to convert a disused industrial site in East Hull into affordable housing is almost finished.

Probe Homes have been working to transform Rank House on Holderness Road into a residential development to be ready at the end of April.

As part of the not-for-profit company’s community commitments, much of the work is also being carried out by youngsters learning skills for a career in the construction industry.

Steve Alltoft, Probe’s general manager, says the project is serving a number of the city’s needs, whilst preserving Hull’s unique character:

“It’s taking buildings that are neglected or empty, creating training and work experience, and proper work for local people. And then we’re creating a good standard of affordable homes – all of which there’s a need for in Hull”

“Students, or apprentices, get real hands-on experience of plastering a wall, or fitting the doors. Rather than doing something in the workshop, they’re doing it in the proper work environment, and that is invaluable to their training.”

“There’s something really important about maintaining the character, and the look of an area. Rather than just putting new buildings in, I think if you can restore a Victorian house to look how it used to, then we’re doing something for the environment, as well as the housing.”

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Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by KCFM

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  • I absolutely agree with the sentiments of Steve Alltoft.
    A truly good way to train young people, getting houses to those who need them and very importantly bringing old unused building back to life.
    A perfect example of a win win situation!
    Is it possible to use the same labour type on the old ‘Lord Line’ Building.
    Yes it would be a challenge but it would give enormous training possibilities over a long term, also of course opening up another area that is quite uninhabited at the moment.
    Moving some of the population of Hull into a new area, and helping to give a little more variety in the housing market.
    This is one of the best ways to gain experience and to help people back into work, but actually doing real jobs and not menial tasks as many have had to do in the past.

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