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Apartments rise out of the ashes of the Queen’s Hotel, Ramsey 27 July 2007

In 1983 the Queens Hotel on Queens Drive in Ramsey was so severely damaged by fire that the building had to be demolished. The site remained undeveloped and an eyesore until late 2005 when a new apartment development began to rise out of the ground.

The fifty new apartments have been designed and built by Heritage Homes in partnership with the Department of Local Government and the Environment, who owned the former hotel site. The Department advertised the sale of the site as part of a design competition to provide a high quality development for a mixture of open market and first time buyer homes. The Department was highly impressed with the stylish design proposed by Heritage Homes, which also encompassed a site containing three adjacent properties, one of which was the old Iron Pier Pub.

Work on this landmark building has progressed smoothly since starting on site in October 2005. The construction of the building was challenging including demolition, constructing a basement car park, casting a reinforced concrete structure up to five storeys high and maintaining services to adjacent properties. Work is virtually complete and the finished building looks every bit as good as shown on the computer generated images. Whilst the building is close to the centre of town it is located in a quiet area and many of the apartments have views of the sea, up the coast to the Point of Ayre and of the Registered, Victorian, Queens Pier.

Twenty-six first time buyers have purchased two-bedroom apartments with the support of the Government’s House Purchase Assistance Scheme. In order to celebrate the occasion of moving into their first homes the Department and Heritage Homes invited residents and people involved in the development of the apartments, to attend an opening ceremony on the 27th July. There was also an opportunity to visit the show apartment.

Juan Watterson MHK, the Department Member responsible for housing, unveiled a commemorative plaque. In his speech he said

“I am delighted to open this development which includes homes for first time buyers. The Queens Pier Apartments is the latest in a string of schemes which continue to improve the Ramsey streetscape and the lot of younger people in the north of our Island” .

He also presented the first people to purchase and to occupy their new homes, with a bouquet and champagne. Guests included local Tynwald Members, Treasury Minister, Alan Bell and Education Minister, Anne Craine who have supported the project since its inception. All residents and guests were offered a glass of champagne to toast the completion of the development and the future happiness of its new owners.

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