Social housing provider gets the keys to historic building in Letchworth

A HISTORIC building which has been empty for more than three years has been given a new lease of life, as a tenant was handed the keys today (Monday).

Following a renovation by owners Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, The Old Post Office in Broadway, Letchworth GC, has been leased to social housing provider, North Hertfordshire Homes (NHH).

The building, which was originally erected in the 1920s with the east section added in the 1930s, will be used an NHH’s local neighbourhood office, replacing their Station Road office.

Purchased by the Heritage Foundation in July 2006 after the Post Office moved to Station Road, the building had served the Letchworth GC public for over 70 years.

John Lewis, chief executive of the Heritage Foundation, said: “We have taken care to retain and enhance the original features of this landmark within the Town Centre, while making it suitable for today’s business needs.”

Kevin Thompson, North Hertfordshire Homes chief executive, added: “We’ve moved from Station Road to a new office with an improved reception area and additional facilities for tenants.

“We are delighted to contribute to the preservation and rejuvenation of a building with such significant history in Letchworth GC and our local neighbourhood team looks forward to welcoming all visitors.”