Downend House begins new life
ONE of Downend's best-known buildings is back in use after a major refurbishment project.
Downend House, the birthplace of legendary cricketer WG Grace, has been transformed from a crumbling office building back into a home, providing managed, supported housing for people with mental illnesses or learning disabilities.
It is being managed by Milestones Trust, a registered charity based in Staple Hill, which since 1986 has supported people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The landmark building on the corner of North Street and Salisbury Road, the Grade II listed building, where Grace was born in 1848, had been in steady decline in recent years.
But after almost a year of refurbishment work on behalf of owners the John Turley Memorial Trust, it has been converted into nine self-contained flats with en-suites, kitchens and living areas, with the ground floor accessible to people with physical disabilities.
The Milestones Trust says Downend House provides supported living accommodation, which enables people to receive care and support in their own home, to help them live as independently as possible.
John Hoskinson, CEO at Milestones Trust said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity by the John Turley Memorial Trust to support people at Downend House, an iconic property that comes with so much history in the area.”
John Turley Trust chairman Bruce Simmonds said: "I'm delighted that Downend House has now been refurbished to a very high standard and delighted that it is now serving the needs of people who need help and support."