St James Close, Quedgeley was previously used as a residential yard/ depot area. On the site was a building known as ‘The Coach House’ which dates back to the 19th century. The Coach House was originally 2 farm labourers cottages during this period. The building was believed to have later been converted into the coach house, harness room, stables and laundry room for the neighbouring Rectory. During the 1960s and 70’s it was used as a parish youth club, until the latter years of the 20th century where it became unused as did the majority of the site.
No. 17 St James Close sits on the same area of land and forms a launderette, an empty bungalow, common room and office for the old sheltered housing scheme. These facilities were in use until a few years ago when the sheltered housing scheme in the area came to an end, making the buildings vacant.
No. 17 St James Close development is situated on the same site as phase 1 and 2 St James. During Phase 1 we built 11 new bungalows for Gloucester City Homes and phase 2 will consist of 2 new houses. No. 17 consists of an old housing warden’s office and empty bungalow which will be refurbished into 3 one-bedroom bungalows, whilst the launderette will stay operational. As well as this the bungalows are designed to be compliant with Part M Cat 2 of The Building Regulations. This means they meet the needs of different occupants and can be altered over time depending on the tenant’s needs.
Work on the bungalows started in January 2019 and was completed on time in May 2019.