Revamp turns house into home for delighted mum
A LANDMARK has been reached in the multi-million pound regeneration of a large estate.
The 300th property refurbishment has now been completed at Stanhope in Ashford.
Residents Annalize and Barry Kersley are celebrating the finish of work on their property as part of the massive £150m Stanhope regeneration scheme.
By 2012, the project will see the refurbishment of 323 homes and the replacement of seven blocks of apartments with 442 new homes. It is expected that the remaining 23 homes still to be refurbished will be finished by the end of this year, well ahead of schedule.
The Kersleys, who only moved into their home last January were delighted with the improvements.
The property now has a new kitchen, bathroom and downstairs toilet. Their back garden has been paved and fenced and new gates erected. The home has also been rewired and a new boiler installed.
Mrs Kersley said: “Thanks to the renovation, our house has become a home. There is no way we could have managed that amount of home improvement.”
The refurbishment work has been carried out by Denne Construction for the Chrysalis Consortium, which is working in partnership with Ashford Borough Council in one of the UK’s largest social housing Private Finance Initiatives (PFI).
Colin Swain, refurbishment manager at Denne Construction said: “We are now well into the final phase of this hugely successful programme of regeneration and improvement. Feedback from residents has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing to work with the local community to refurbish the remaining homes.”
Mike Baker, operations manager for Chrysalis added: “We are thrilled to have achieved this major milestone and look forward to completing the remaining work in the neighbourhood.
“Stanhope has really changed since the start of the regeneration project in 2007 and we look forward to a bright future for this growing and thriving community.”
Resident Annalize Kersley and her son, Lewis, receive gifts from neighbourhood housing officer Andrew Brackley watched by scheme manager Dave Stackhouse, left, and refurbishment manager Colin Swain