The scheme was originally built in 1984 in Llay and provided 21 apartments. The refurbishment scheme involved, stripping the buildings back to a bare shell and adding new roofing, internal wall insulation, exterior render and triple glazed windows to the exterior.
The floor area has been increased by incorporating bays which have metal standing seam cladding and roofing, which change the overall appearance of the scheme. The interior of the apartments have been remodelled, with the kitchens now direct from the living area to provide ease of movement from one space to the other and wet rooms have been sited to provide both access from the hall and the bedroom.
There is a large renewable element to the project with each of the apartments being heated by air source heat pumps. Photovoltaic panels have been installed and connected to the communal areas to help reduce the costs of service charges for tenants and electric vehicle charging points has been included.
The communal lounge has been redesigned for use by all of the tenants. These are used for regular social events and are important social places which help with tenants’ well-being, loneliness and isolation.
The external areas have been upgraded to provide level access around the building, and the gardens landscaped. The warden alarm system, video door entry system has been upgraded and a new sprinkler system has been installed.
Cllr David Bithell, Lead Member for Housing said: “We are very excited to have welcomed new and returning tenants into Tir y Capel. The new accommodation has been completed to a very high standard and I am excited for the residents to move in, to what is now, an exceptional example of sheltered housing and the first of many schemes to be refurbished in Wrexham.”
Construction was undertaken by local firm Read Construction.
Refurbishment works are ongoing at the second sheltered housing scheme at Llys y Mynydd, Rhos which are estimated to be completed by Autumn 2023.