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Works starts this month on the £1.3 million refurbishment of Master’s House in Sheerness

Published Tuesday 18 January, 2022
Last updated on Wednesday 19 January, 2022

The £1.3 million creation of a community and business hub at Master’s House in Sheerness begins this month (Jan).

The ambitious, low carbon refurbishment includes nine office suites, a disabled access lift, new toilets, three meeting and conference spaces including the large function hall, a kitchen and breakout space and three workshops.

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“Cabinet approved the £1.3 million low carbon refurbishment of Master’s House in Sheerness last year and we’re delighted that work can now begin.

“We’ll be using the council’s capital fund for the work, alongside our successful bid for more than £200,000 of grant funding from the public sector decarbonisation scheme.

“Alongside the new layout inside, we’ll be replacing the current, inefficient heating system with low energy air source heat pumps and installing roof insulation, internal wall cladding, new double-glazed windows and solar panels. The building will also be able to accommodate disabled/wheel chair users.

“We hope this significant investment will help attract private companies to revitalise the surrounding area. Master’s House is in a key location – close to the train station and town centre with easy access to parking nearby.

“The work will also help us meet our commitment to become a net zero carbon council by 2025 by reducing the building’s current carbon foot print by 84 tonnes, saving around £8,260 on energy consumption every year."

Cllr Sarah Stephen, deputy cabinet member for economy and property at the council, said:

“We recognise that Sheerness needs this investment, and it’s important that we attract and retain businesses in the town and make the best use of our own buildings to lead the way.”

“The work is planned for completion later this summer and we’ve already had interest from local businesses and community groups to use the office facilities and meeting spaces.

“We encourage anybody interested in being part of the new look Master’s House to get in touch.”

To register interest email economicdevelopment@swale.gov.uk.

The full details of the refurbishment will be discussed at tomorrow’s Scrutiny meeting on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 7pm.

The full report can be viewed here.