First of the former Grimsby Fishermen's Cottages is transformed into modern home
The first home to be refurbished under a project to transform The Square on the East Marsh in Grimsby is now complete. Councillor Steve Beasant opens the home watched by, from left, Councillor Kay Rudd, Rita Jayaswal, and Vikash Jayaswal, owners of Galaxy
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 May 2018
The first of the former Grimsby Fishermen's Cottages in The Square are so plush a local councillor said she is dreaming of moving in tomorrow and leaving her husband at home.
Councillor Kay Rudd, said she was so impressed with the modern single-person accommodation by Galaxy of Homes she she would happily "move in tomorrow."
"If I could find somewhere for my husband, I would come here tomorrow. I think it is amazing. It is enhancing the area."
She and fellow Lib Dem councillor for East Marsh, Steve Beasant were invited to cut the ribbon to officially open the show home which is the first of 10 homes on the site of the former Grimsby Fishermen’s Cottages.
They were bought up by Galaxy of Homes owners, husband and wife team, Vikash and Madhurita Jayaswal who are investing millions of pounds in Grimsby with an estimated £20 million by 2020 and aiming to make the historic cottages a flagship.
Contractors are on site creating modern homes in The Square and all 10 are due to be ready for rent in the next couple of months.
It was previously owned by the Grimsby Sailors and Fishing Charity and is made up of 20 linked single storey homes.
It was occupied in the town's fishing heyday by mariners, including many who worked on the trawlers.
However, over the years, as the industry has declined, the one-bedroom homes have become less popular, with high vacancy rates.
The first home to be refurbished under a project to transform The Square on the East Marsh in Grimsby is now complete.
Each of the plush new homes has all mod cons and private gardens. Individual rear gardens will replace the communal area and improve security.
These will be forerunners and become show homes for the rest of the vision for housing the pioneering couple have for the East Marsh.
Mr Jayaswall said the layout of the one-bedroom cottages will be transformed.
The wall to the single bedroom, accessible off the corridor, has been knocked out to create a spacious front living room and kitchenette.
The former kitchen area at the rear has been transformed into a bedroom with en-suite toilet and tiled wet room, accessible for disabled or elderly prospective tenants.
There is underfloor heating throughout and modern lighting. There are usb sockets and cupboards and wardrobes have been fitted to make maximum use of the space.
Vikash said: "It has been completely transformed."
The garden is a main attraction of the first home to be refurbished under a project to transform The Square on the East Marsh in Grimsby is now complete.
He is proud of the transformation of the garden. But due to further works required for water supply the newly laid garden a total of £25,000 will be invested so Anglian Water can connect all 10 properties.
Vikash said: "The biggest challenge has been the water supply to get all of them interconnected. Our budget for the refurbishment was £100,000 but we will do the extra work anyway. What you see here will be mirrored across all the properties. We will be inviting people in to see if they want a shower or bath in the other properties and if they want underfloor heating and tweak it for each of the tenants."
He added: "As we have been doing the work, local businesses have contacted us offering to be part of the journey, such as kitchen contractors. We have always said we want to use local traders with local materials."
Work is due to be completed on the other homes by the summer.