Renovated birthplace of film producer Rank transformed into affordable homes is unveiled

By May 26, 2015

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Refurbished under the Empty Homes programme to provide four apartments, Probe used a Charity Bank loan to support the transformation of Rank House into social housing

Having lain derelict for over a decade, Rank House, the birthplace of famous film maker J Arthur Rank, has opened its doors once more, providing affordable homes for Hull residents. The sound of a giant gong marked the completion of this unique renovation project and paid homage to the opening titles of Rank Films.

Once described as a blight on the landscape by local residents, the house on Holderness Road in East Hull has now been transformed into social housing by Probe (Hull) Limited, a not-for-profit company that refurbishes derelict properties and provides vital skills and work experience to students of Hull College.

General manager of Probe, Steve Alltoft says: “We’re aiming to provide a win-win for local communities - refurbishing derelict properties for regeneration, up-skilling students and apprentices, giving them live building projects to work on and all whilst providing affordable housing for people who need it the most.”

Ethical bank, Charity Bank, provided a loan towards the renovation of the property into four apartments for local people at an affordable rent and is supporting other Probe projects under the Empty Homes programme.

Jeremy Ince, Charity Bank’s regional manager responsible for Yorkshire and Humber, says: “Charity Bank was established to help breathe life back into communities by supporting projects just like this.

“We provide loans that assist charitable organisations to buy property, develop social housing or community facilities, or undertake social projects. When an organisation pays back its loan, we use the money to lend to another organisation working to benefit society.”

“We’re aiming to provide a win-win for local communities - refurbishing derelict properties for regeneration, up-skilling students and apprentices, giving them live building projects to work on and all whilst providing affordable housing for people who need it the most.”

- Steve Alltoft, general manager of Probe

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The sound of a giant gong marked the completion of this unique renovation project and paid homage to the opening titles of Rank films.

About Probe (Hull) Ltd

Probe (Hull) Limited is a not- for-profit organisation that operates as a social enterprise. It was established in 1996 to address issues relating to high unemployment and deprivation in local communities.

Probe has successfully delivered community-based projects, providing packages of support to local people and employers, tackling barriers to employment from sites within deprived areas, for over 19 years. Probe has earned a strong reputation as an organisation that is well-placed and equipped to engage with unemployed and disadvantaged groups through its network of services provision and its expertise.