A historic terrace of almshouses in Crowborough has been given a warm coat for winter thanks to support from Wealden District Council and a grant through the Energy Companies Obligation scheme.
The De Lannoy Cottages in Beacon Road - built by the De Lannoy family for their estate workers in 1874 and now managed by the De Lannoy Trust - have solid stone walls which provided poor insulation for elderly residents and made them hard to heat.
Most of the £34,000 cost of the cladding came from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s fuel poverty funding with a contribution from the De Lannoy Trustees.
Wealden MP Charles Hendry attended the official completion and said: “I think this combination of a high quality finish on a historic building is brilliant. The insulation will also keep residents cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter. It is proof that by using modern energy efficiency techniques, we can keep people warmer in winter and reduce the cost of doing so, even in old buildings.”
Cllr Graham Wells said: “Old properties like this can’t benefit from cavity wall insulation, and interior wall lining would reduce the size of the almshouses’ eight apartments. It was vital the building maintained its original appearance in keeping with the Crowborough Conservation Area.”