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£2.1m apartment complex sets new standards in housing for older people in Broughshane

 

Local Housing association Alpha Housing has unveiled a stunning £2.1 million apartment development in the heart of Broughshane, Co. Antrim, delivering 14 new homes for independent older people.


The scheme, which comprises twelve 2-bedroom and two 1-bedroom apartments, is a welcome addition to the village which has high demand for quality housing.

 

The development, Clarke House, has been delivered in partnership between Alpha Housing and the Department for Communities (DfC), which provided £1.4m in funding through the Housing Executive’s Social Housing Development Programme.


Cutting the ribbon at the official opening of Alpha’s brand new £2.1 million housing development in Broughshane, pictured from left to right: Former Ireland and Ulster Rugby player David Humphreys, with Clarke House tenant Betty Shaw, and former Chair of Alpha Housing John Clarke.

Clarke House was officially opened by John Clarke FCIOB, former Chair of Alpha Housing, and David Humphreys MBE, former Ulster and Ireland Rugby star.

 

Clarke House, situated on Fir Park, just off the main arterial road, Raceview Road, was designed by local firm Wheeler Architecture and built by Ballymena-based Martin & Hamilton. The development incorporates the ‘HAPPI principles’, a blueprint for high-quality housing for older people. This means the apartments are bigger, brighter and finished to a higher specification than usual.

 


Clarke House is conveniently located close to local shops, amenities, and transport links, offering a desirable and safe living environment for new residents.


Former Ireland and Ulster Rugby player David Humphreys, David Hamilton, Managing Director of Martin & Hamilton Construction, Clarke House Tenant Betty Shaw, Lexie Scott, Chair of Broughshane & District Community Association, and John Clarke, former Chair of Alpha Housing.

 

Chief Executive Cameron Watt said:

 

“At Alpha we are committed to delivering exceptional homes, including for people in retirement. Clarke House embodies the ‘HAPPI’ principles, with apartments providing spacious, open plan living that meets the increasing expectations of older people.

 

“Interior designer Caroline Mawhinney of Whiteroom Interiors has supported us to furnish Clarke House with vibrant colours, contemporary furniture and local art.

 

“There is a significant demand for housing in the Mid and East Antrim Council area, especially for older people in rural communities such as Broughshane, and we have had enthusiastic support and backing from local people including the Broughshane & District Community Association.”



Pictured from left to right: Former Ireland and Ulster Rugby player David Humphreys, with Clarke House tenant Betty Shaw, and former Chair of Alpha Housing John Clarke.

David Humphreys said:

 

“I’m delighted to help open Clarke House. Having spent my childhood here, Broughshane is a place that’s close to my heart.


"Clarke House provides great independent living in a wonderful location. Having been shown some of the lovely apartments by the residents, I think they are going to hugely enjoy their new homes”



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