Prior to its transformation in 2017/2018, Hunters Rest was a public house in Leicester which had lay dormant for years. The building – which was in considerable need of attention – had huge potential, but in its existing state windows were boarded up, pints were no longer being pulled and it was clear the building was not servicing the community in the way it was originally intended.
After an extensive survey of the property, we could see huge potential for the building, so long as the correct level of care and attention could be administered moving forward. We understood the former pub could be divided into multiple self-contained units, repurposing the building accordingly to provide it with a new lease of life for vulnerable members of society.
Working closely with stakeholders, we drew up plans to create ‘whole life’ homes for 13 individuals. Planning was approved during the first half of 2017 and with a clear understanding of the task ahead, the building was given a much-needed overhaul.
Hunters Rest transformed
With the renovation in full-swing, the building was transformed. Window boards came down, internal spaces were reconfigured, complete with the installation of new bathrooms and kitchens, and the building was reworked to meet the requirements of 13 individuals.
Space was also created for staff accommodation.
Making a home at Hunters Rest
Hunters Rest now includes 13 self-contained homes, divided across two floors of the property. Each unit includes a separate bedroom and bathroom, alongside an open plan kitchen/lounge space.
What was once a building in need of attention, is now a home for people who have a range of mental health issues and learning disabilities. The residents of Hunters Rest are living independent lives, on a supported living basis, and the building has a new purpose within the community.
Hunters Rest is situated in a great, city centre location, close to local shops and restaurants. The property is also conveniently placed near to national transport links, providing accessibility for the people who live at Hunters Rest, as well as their visitors.
At the Fairhome Group, our aim is to make a difference to people’s lives, by providing ‘whole life’ homes, made to the best possible standard for the individual. Our company consists of four divisions – Fairhome Property Investments LTD, Fairhome Property Developments LTD, Fairhome Construction LTD and Fairhome Asset Management LTD – and we work towards meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in society.