Dereham retirement home celebrates the opening of new lift

Civic dignitaries join with residents and supporters of Quebec Hall for the official opening of a ne

Civic dignitaries join with residents and supporters of Quebec Hall for the official opening of a new lift to service the upper floors of the Christian retirement home at Dereham. Picture: Iceni Lifts Ltd - Credit: Archant

A Christian retirement home based in a building over 200 years old has improved its access facilities with a new elevator.

Breckland Council Cabinet member Alison Webb and Dereham Mayor Hilary Bushell enjoy a cream tea with

Breckland Council Cabinet member Alison Webb and Dereham Mayor Hilary Bushell enjoy a cream tea with residents and supporters of Quebec Hall Christian retirement home after officially opening a new lift to service the upper floors of the complex. Picture: Iceni Lifts Ltd - Credit: Archant

The construction work at Quebec Hall, in Dereham, finished on Wednesday, July 19, with a special opening ceremony which saw the town mayor, Hilary Bushell and Breckland District councillor Alison Webb cutting the ribbon.

The new lift took 16 months to install at a cost £180,000. The project was a significant challenge for architect Kevin Garnham and Iceni Lifts who had to marry the modern lift to a building that was originally constructed in 1759.

The day also marked the retirement of Colin Wooden, chairman of the management trustees, who had delayed his retirement in order to see the project through. Mr Wooden's successor as chairman, Mr Martin Boyce presented him with a framed photograph of the hall and gardening vouchers, marking the end of his 13 years of service.

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