Two of Swadlincote’s most treasured architectural features have been given a new home of their own, taking pride of place as part of a £multi-million residential development.

The original gate pillars, which sat at the entrance to Eureka Lodge, a grand Victorian villa reluctantly demolished last year, have now been carefully re-sited as part of a development of exclusive new homes at the site, aptly named Eureka Lodge Gardens.

The majestic columns, which once created an imposing grand entrance to the mansion, now fittingly create a prestigious sense of arrival at the development of 13 stunning new bungalows.

The pillars which were traditionally constructed from local stone and brick and topped with huge capping stones, hold great sentimental value for the local community, that has shown a real commitment to protecting their heritage, although Eureka Lodge itself had to be demolished due to the dangerous condition it had fallen into before Mallard Homes took ownership.  From the outset, Mallard Homes have demonstrated their commitment to retain and incorporate several salvaged features from the site, so that these can live on as part of the new development.

Paul Heap, Managing Director of Mallard Homes said “we understand that we have merely been a custodian of this important and historical town asset and we had to treat it with the utmost respect.  We’ve gone to great lengths to listen carefully to the sentiments of the local community. Restoring and re-siting the original gate pillars and caps, which formerly crowned the historical entrance gates, has been a labour of love for us. It’s the final piece of the jigsaw and an enduring nod to their architectural and historical significance in the area. It’s great to see the pillars in their new home, sitting proudly at the gateway to Eureka Lodge Gardens, hopefully we’ve cemented their place in the local community for many more years to come.”

“We will be holding an open day at Eureka Lodge Gardens on Saturday 28th September, 11am – 4pm and everyone is invited.  It seemed fitting to hold an opening ceremony at the newly re-instated grand entrance, and we are very fortunate to be able to welcome Heather Wheeler MP and Councillor David Angliss to officially unveil and open the development at 11am.”

Eureka Lodge Gardens has already seen its first occupants move into their new homes and interest in the remaining properties is extremely high.