Suffolk council transforms an empty property to help vulnerable people during Covid-19 outbreak

East Suffolk Council has transformed a former sheltered housing property to help accommodate vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The property at Avenue Mansions, in Lowestoft has eight flats and has been empty since the end of 2019.

The council say this is due to the property not being suitable to use as a sheltered housing.

The water systems had been drained down, as well as the heating, electrical and fire detection systems.

Now, it's been transformed to help accommodate those in need during these hard times.

"In line with the government’s request to councils throughout the country, we are entirely committed to ensuring that everyone has somewhere safe to stay during this unprecedented time and allocating accommodation to those who are particular vulnerable at this time, such as rough sleepers and those in risk of becoming homeless."

Councillor Richard Kerry, Cabinet Member for Housing

The Council’s repair and maintenance team worked with local contractors to bring the property back into use in just seven days.

It underwent safety inspections, deep cleaning and various repairs. It was also fitted with necessary furnishings and cooking facilities.