Regeneration reaches the halfway stage
THE regeneration of the massive Stanhope estate has reached the halfway stage.
Tony May and Michelle Horn are among many happy residents after their home was fitted with a new kitchen, bathroom and electrics, as part of the plan.
About £200m is being invested on the estate, with 162 families now living in newly refurbished homes.
Michelle, who has lived on the estate for 11 years with her son Damon and partner Tony, said: “We are delighted with the work they have done and it has made a big difference to our lives.”
The work is being carried out by the Chrysalis consortium, together with Denne Construction and Powerminster Gleeson Services who are taking care of internal refurbishment.
Bob Illsley, operations manager for Powerminster Gleeson Services in Ashford, said: “Reaching the halfway stage is a great achievement for everyone involved in the regeneration and improvement of this area.
“Feedback from tenants has been positive and we look forward to continuing to work with the community to improve the remaining homes.”
The consortium is working in partnership with Ashford Borough Council at Stanhope in one of the UK’s largest social housing Private Finance Initiatives.
It will see all 323 homes being refurbished to the Government’s Decent Homes Plus standard. The project will also see the demolition of seven blocks of flats and the construction of 442 high quality homes in their place.
As well as the housing, commercial units are under construction.
New and improved facilities will include the Legacy Building, incorporating a library and neighbourhood office.
Pam Millington, housing contracts manager, Colin Swain, Denne refurbishment manager, Michelle Horn, her son Damon, and Tony May, Colin Piner, site supervisor, and Bob Illsley from Powerminster Gleeson Services
Bredgar Close, Stanhope, where homes have been refurbished. Right, how the area used to look