Andrew House’s £100k restoration work starts

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 June 2018

Stonemason Andrew Cooper working on Andrew House.

Stonemason Andrew Cooper working on Andrew House.

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A £100,000 project to renovate a Clevedon home for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is underway.

Scaffolding has already been put up around Andrew House.Scaffolding has already been put up around Andrew House.

RE:MISSION, a charity which owns Andrew House in Victoria Road, wants to carry out a programme of works to the building to return it to good condition.

The charity bought the building back in 2016 and has already spent a significant amount of money on improvements, including the installation of a new efficient boiler.

But the new phase will include a refurbishment to the roof, replacement of windows and repairs to damaged stonework.

Improved guttering will also be installed while the building’s exterior will be given a new coat of paint.

Stonemason Andrew Cooper working on Andrew House.Stonemason Andrew Cooper working on Andrew House.

Scaffolding has already been put up around the Victorian building as contractors started getting to work.

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RE:MISSION chairman David Tomlinson said: “After buying the property, this is by far the biggest project so far undertaken and we invite others to join us in this act of faith.

“We have been pleased to find contractors from the local area for all aspects of the work as part of our work is very much rooted in the community.”

The work is likely to cost around £100,000 and an online fundraising page has been set up to help reach the target.

To date about £2,300 has been raised.

Andrew House has a long history of being used to help people in need of support in Clevedon.

Its first use was as a GP’s home and surgery in the early 20th century before in 1952 it became known as Bergin House and was used as a children’s home run by the George Muller Foundation.

During the mid-1990s the building, then known as Caleb House, became a drug rehabilitation centre.

It became known as Andrew House in 2003 when Alabare Christian Care and Support opened its doors to provide accommodation for men recovering from substance misuse rehabilitation.

Although Alabare still provides the care, RE:MISSION took on the building after Andrew House suffered budget cuts worth £150,000 in 2015.

Click here to donate to the fundraising campaign.


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