As part of the Council’s flagship Homes for the Future scheme, Montrose House on Hampden Crescent has been transformed into 18 modern flats – all of which are supplied by a state-of-the-art communal district heating system.
At a special open event, councillors joined staff and representatives from Lovell to watch the Mayor of Kettering, Cllr James Burton, officially open the redevelopment. The event saw an open house and guided tours of the new flats, which have been finished to a high standard, with modern fitted kitchens and bathrooms, new flooring throughout and a brand-new, more efficient heating system.
The £1.5 million project has seen the building’s 11 three-bed flats restructured into 18 one- and two-bed units – a move driven by a continued demand for smaller accommodation.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing & Communications, says: “This excellent scheme demonstrates Kettering Borough Council’s commitment to providing decent affordable housing for its tenants. Hampden Crescent was in urgent need of redevelopment and the flats we’ve created will help to meet the need for smaller properties and wheelchair accommodation.”
John Conway, Head of Housing at Kettering Borough Council, says: “The completion of our latest Homes for the Future project is an important landmark for the Council. We’ve invested in our housing stock to help meet the demand for one- and two-bedroomed accommodation with an emphasis on improving the energy efficiency of existing council homes to match the standards achieved in new builds.”
Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale comments: “We’re proud to have been involved in this impressive transformation programme for Montrose House working with Kettering Borough Council and their specialist design team to create smart, modern homes for tenants.
“Following an extensive internal and external re-modelling programme, the new apartments will provide Kettering with accommodation which specifically meets local housing demand. The properties are stylish and well-designed, while the range of energy-efficiency improvements introduced through the modernisation will keep homes warmer and help reduce running costs.”
The programme incorporated structural repair works, construction of a new rear extension, a new plant room and three new enclosed staircases. Improvements to the acoustic and thermal properties of the block were supplemented by the renewable energy installation. The work also created enhanced parking facilities.
The Lovell team liaised closely with the local community throughout and ensured that the hair salon and newsagents based on the ground floor of the block were able to remain open during the work.
Lovell’s focus on working with care and respect for the local community, the workforce and the environment was reflected in the high Considerate Constructors Scheme score of 42 points out of 50 achieved on the project. The refurbishment scheme also brought about a significant boost for the local economy. Lovell calculates that every £1 of the gross project income has generated an additional £1.91 back into the local economy.