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Downend House gets set for new innings
THE former home of cricket legend WG Grace will see people living in it once again this year.
Work is under way to convert Downend House into supported living as managed, supported housing for people with mental illnesses and disabilities.
Contractors for charity the John Turley Memorial Trust started work to refurbish the building in November.
Once their work is complete around April, the building will provide nine self-contained flats.
Trust chairman Bruce Simmonds said he was proud to be involved with restoring the Grade II listed building, while providing a much-needed service for the community.
The property needed extensive renovation work, removing dry rot, asbestos and unsuitable structural alterations made over the years. Part of the refurbishment will include recreating the house’s original staircase.
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