People living at the Manor Farm estate came together to celebrate the official opening of the new site office for Whitefriars Housing’s large-scale regeneration programme in partnership with Lovell.
Henley councillor Ed Ruane joined the celebrations and officially opened the site office premises in Hermes Crescent from where the £10 million regeneration programme is being managed. Residents enjoyed a host of activities including pancake races, a visit from Foleshill firefighters and children’s arts and craft session, as well as hot refreshments.
Our specialist refurbishment team earlier this year began carrying out the work which is both enhancing homes and the surrounding area. The year-long scheme involves extensive work to 300 homes – including external wall insulation, new windows, doors and flat roofs – delivering warmer, more energy-efficient and more attractive properties.
Cllr Ed Ruane, ward councillor, commented: “I was delighted to officially open the new site office which really marks the start of serious investment in over 300 homes in the area.
“The improvements will make a real difference to local people and I’m pleased that existing homes will be improved alongside all of the new build that has been under way. Lovell is taking this really seriously and I’m sure that their community initiatives like the job club and family days will be really popular.”
Kevin Roach, Spirit Quarters regeneration director, said: “I am delighted that the works to the Manor Farm estate have got under way, these works not only continue the remarkable physical transformation that is taking place in the Spirit Quarters neighbourhoods but will also have a positive impact on residents’ quality of life and well-being.”
Our resident liaison officer Donna Tummon said: “The community has been closely involved throughout the planning and launch of this major regeneration programme and keeping them right at the centre of things is a key focus of our work here. We held the family fun morning to give everyone the opportunity to meet the teams carrying out the work, find out more about the various aspects of the refurbishment , as well as get information on the many community initiatives which will be such an important part of the scheme. It was fantastic that so many people came along and took part.”
Further initiatives in place through our community programme include a weekly Job Club at the Henley Green Community Centre (1pm to 2.30pm on Mondays) offering help with getting back into work. We have also held an arts and crafts event for children on the estate and are now planning to arrange visits for local schoolchildren enabling them to take a closer look at some of our refurbishment work.