Externally St Andrews consists of several safe and secure outside areas for residents to enjoy exercise and recreation. The site is sympathetically fenced to allow residents to enjoy the outside green space whilst also allowing them some privacy.
There are a number of large mature trees and shrubs within the scheme which not only add to the privacy for the residents but create a feeling of a large private garden. Additionally, the scheme provides car parking facilities for staff, residents, and visitors, as well as a pick up bay at the front of the property for ease of access when using assistance vehicles. A coded security gate and pedestrian access are also in place to provide additional security for all residing at the scheme.
The refurbishment of St Andrews Bungalows has not only provided much-needed specialist accommodation, but also preserved a little bit of local Mallusk history too.
The main building, which is over 100 years old, was once one of several grand residences in the area built by local mill owners. Constructed by Harry McBride in the early 1900s, the house stayed in the family until 1965 when, upon the death of his daughter Louise – a very active and benevolent member of the community – it was bequeathed to the British Legion, and subsequently owned by the Presbyterian Church, who used it a residential home for older people.
Sadly, in later years the buildings were sold by the church and had fallen badly into disrepair, and many in the community feared demolition – a fate that had befallen many other local historic residences. But thanks to this partnership, and the quality and tasteful refurbishment delivered, these notable buildings have been saved from demolition, given a positive new lease of life, and a little piece of Mallusk history has been secured for future generations.