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Fairoak Housing's New Bowman Yard officially opened

The grand opening of the newly converted Kendal Bowman Pub to provide supported housing for vulnerable young people took place on Wednesday, 11 December, 3pm.

The historic Kendal Bowman pub, purchased by Fairoak Housing Association, has now been transformed into seven self-contained apartments for local people with learning and other disabilities.

The Bowman, located in a prominent position on Kendal's Highgate, has stood empty for over six years and during this time, the property fell into disrepair. In addition to the supported accommodation, the ground floor of the former pub has been made into offices for Fairoak Housing. All seven flats are already let at affordable rents.

Thanks to an investment from South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) by way of a capital grant of £100,000 to Fairoak Housing Association, the project was able to go ahead.

Fairoak also received support for the project from Westmorland Homes Foundation another local charity.

We are delighted to announce the official opening of New Bowman Yard and are very excited about moving to our new home.

This building is part of Kendal’s vibrant heritage and of special significance to many Kendalians and are so pleased to be restoring this fine building to good use for the future.