Work commences on Marlborough House

EXTENSIVE work on restoring Marlborough House in St Leonards has started following July’s devastating fire.

Hyde Housing, which owns the building in Warrior Square, said major work needed to be done in order to bring the sheltered accommodation back into use.

The fire on Sunday, July 28, left more than 30 residents, many of whom were elderly, displaced.

They were placed in different care homes in 1066 Country.

Jane Ball, Hyde Housing’s regional director, said: “We would like to thank fire and rescue services, local partners and the local community for their response to this major incident.

“The extent of the fire and water damage means the scope of work to restore Marlborough House is a major project, however, Hyde’s intention is to restore this exceptional extra care scheme as soon as we can so that residents for residents can once again benefit from their beautiful home and services that are suited to their needs. We’re working with our insurers and loss adjusters to agree a programme of work to do this. We’ve completed emergency work to clean up and secure the building, have erected scaffolding and are focused on drying out the building and putting on a temporary roof.

“This is essential work that requires heavy machinery on site and some disruption, most particularly the inconvenience to local residents due to temporary road closures over the coming weeks. We’re sorry and will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the clean-up and restoration of Marlborough House as quickly as possible.”

She said it was still not known how long the restoration work will take or how much it will cost.

Residents from Marlborough House have been allowed back into the building in order to retrieve some of their personal possessions. But many fear some may be permanently lost due to the extensive water damage. The fire is believed to have started due to an electrical fault.