A new residential development in the region has seen its first occupants move in after months of careful planning and construction at the site.

Eureka Lodge Gardens sits within the grounds of the once iconic local landmark, Eureka Lodge, which was acquired by Mallard Homes and demolished as part of a £multi-million investment, designed to breathe new life into the site and provide much needed new homes in the area.

Tracey and Garry Fullagar are one of the first buyers to call Eureka Lodge Gardens home having moved in recently. They took full advantage of Mallard’s ‘Bespoked By You’ service, which allows buyers to work closely with the construction team and configure their new home around their exact, individual requirements. “We were looking for something special that would be suitable for our disability requirements. We had never considered a new build before, but the advantage to us is that we have been able to have specific adjustments done prior to moving in,” said Mrs Fullagar, “we are now very excited to be moving in and making Eureka Lodge Gardens our home.”

The new development is a collection of 13 bungalows, positioned in a mature landscaped setting and sympathetically developed in a nod to the heritage of Eureka Lodge and its grounds. Since planning was granted, Mallard Homes have remained mindful of the strength of local feeling in relation to the site’s place in the community and the finished development clearly reflects their commitment to respect this heritage. Much of the original walled garden is still evident in the surrounding grounds for example, and many of the features of the new properties, including brick styles, decorative fascia boards and vertical hanging tiles, echo the architectural tone of the original lodge.

Eureka Lodge, which was originally home to John Wragg, a prominent local industrialist who ran both the pottery kilns and pipeworks in the town and later in life the property served as a children’s nursery.

“We know that Eureka Lodge was close to the hearts of many local residents,” said Heap. “From the outset we’ve worked hard to protect the fond memories many people have of the property and hopefully it shows.”

Mallard Homes have also gone to great lengths to restore and re-site the original gate pillars and caps, which formerly crowned the historical entrance gates – a much-loved focal point, which now sit proudly at the new entrance to the development, cementing their place in the local community for many more years to come.