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Long live the King’s House

The new version of King’s House on the corner of Bridge Street and the Ballycolman lane. DR03

THE housing association behind the redevelopment of one of Strabane’s best known residential buildings, King’s House, have been commended for “breathing new life” into the area.

Situated at the junction of Ballycolman Lane and Bridge Street the new King’s House is nearing completion after the former residence was demolished.

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This week, Habinteg, who purchased the local landmark with a view to turning it into apartments, have also been congratulated for keeping the architectural style of the original building.

“I think it brought that corner back to life,” Strabane independent councillor, Patsy Kelly remarked this week. “The development really breathed new life into it and the fact that it’s being used for housing is even better. I have long lobbied for more social housing, so this is a win/win situation.”

The way King’s House used to look before the recent development.

Prior to works beginning at King’s House Habinteg said that part of their remit would be to maintain the style of the original building.

“And they really have,” Patsy Kelly continued.

“King’s Corner looks absolutely amazing. Habinteg has redeveloped this property which stood derelict for such a long time. Personally, I think they’ve done a brilliant job.”

Commenting on the progress of the development so far, a spokesperson for Habinteg suggested the building should be complete before the end of the summer.

They said, “Whilst, regrettably, the original building was in too poor a state to be restored, Habinteg’s plan from the outset was to work closely with the architects and contractors to sensitively develop the new property with ultimate regard for the sites architectural heritage.

The traditional finishing of the new building, replicating the roof, quoins, windows and chimney of the original, houses four thoroughly modern apartments which are due for completion by the end of the summer.”

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