Spencerbeck House is Beyond Housing’s only high-rise block, consisting of 72 flats over 10 floors. The block was constructed in 1972 and was reaching the end of its life expectancy.
In April 2023, after a six-week consultation with customers living in Spencerbeck House and local stakeholders, we made the decision to support all current customers to be rehoused and to demolish the block.
We considered two options – keep the building and carry out significant building safety works or rehouse all customers permanently and demolish the building. Letters were sent to all customers in the block, The Regulator of Social Housing, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Jacob Young MP in January 2023. The letters set out the current situation, the two options and ways to provide feedback, either online, face to face or by telephone.
Almost 70% of those living in Spencerbeck House responded to the consultation who all expressed a desire to be permanently rehoused as soon as possible and for Spencerbeck House to be demolished. Once the decision was taken, all customers were informed by writing in of the decision and of the next steps, including how to register and bid for a new home using Tees Valley Homes Finder.
Our team worked closely with each customer to find them an alternative home and supported their move and, by the end of September 2023, everyone had moved to a place of their choosing. The building is now empty and secure awaiting demolition. We continue to negotiate with the operator of the telecoms mast at the top of the building to find a permanent or temporary alternative location, however, this will take time to identify.
What will happen next?
As things progress, we will update this page with progress and any information you might need if you live in the local area. Once the demolition is complete, we plan to landscape the resulting site.
Please keep checking back on this page for more news…..