Great Places plans £3.3m makeover for Blackburn’s Bowland House

A 14-story tower block that has dominated a Lancashire town’s skyline since the 1960s is set for a £3.3 million makeover.

Great Places Housing Group has announced it intends to carry out a major renovation of Bowland House, on Primrose Bank in Blackburn.

The 79-flat tower block has already had £1.3 million of improvements works carried out over the last six years, with new bathrooms and kitchens fitted, rewiring work, and replacement lifts.

But it will now get a complete makeover in these latest plans, Great Places said.

The planned improvement works include:

  • Installation of a ground source heat pump to help reduce energy consumption
  • New energy-efficient windows and doors
  • New fire safety measures, including a new sprinkler system
  • New external render and insulation
  • Improved communal areas.

Matthew Harrison, the group’s chief executive, said the improvement programme proposals would be put before residents to get their input before work starts.

“We have wanted to invest in Bowland House for some time but the tragedy at Grenfell caused us to pause and consider the ramifications of the Hackitt Report before we could proceed,” he added.

“Safety in tower blocks is under the spotlight and our proposed regeneration includes improved fire safety measures internally and externally.

“Bowland House continues to be a popular place to live, with some tenants having lived there for more than 20 years, and we hope that they will like the plans we have drawn up.

“We put the customers, and their safety, at the heart of everything we do and we want the customers to have input on the plans so they are fully aware of what our investment means for them.

“Initial feedback has been extremely positive and we are looking forward to sharing our plans with tenants.

“This investment will build on the massive investment pouring into the town such as that in Cathedral Quarter to make Blackburn a great place to live and work.”



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