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Work to transform Coventry estate wins national award

The £6.5million transformation of a Coventry estate has scooped a prestigious national award.

WM Housing’s regeneration of the Manor Farm Estate in partnership with Coventry City Council and Lovell, saw nearly 300 homes get a much-needed revamp, including new external wall insulation, structural repairs, new windows and doors, new roofs and landscaping work.

WM Housing is completing the work as part of the Spirit Quarters regeneration project and the transformation of the estate beat projects from across the UK in the final of the SHIFT Awards, which recognise outstanding sustainability projects.

WM Housing has done work to 292 homes and also managed to secure a £500,000 grant to fund improvement work for 50 private homeowners in the community.

Coventry City Council also delivered new pavement and road layouts to support the transformation.

Kevin Roach, director of regeneration at WM Housing, says: “We are delighted to be nearing the completion of the transformation work to Manor Farm Estate, which has made a massive improvement to the area.

“This project was a great partnership with our contractor Lovell and Coventry City Council and continues the excellent progress we are making with our Spirit Quarters regeneration – which will see major improvements to large parts of the city.

“We’re so pleased to see this work recognised as part of this prestigious awards ceremony.”

Richard Osborne, director of property services at WM Housing, comments: “This has been a unique scheme for us and a lot of hard work has gone into delivering this partnership project.

“Working closely with Lovell and Coventry City Council we have made significant improvements to nearly 300 homes in the community; breathing new life into the area and making the homes more energy efficient and more comfortable for our residents.

“I’d like to thank the residents of Manor Farm Estate for working with us while the work has been in progress.”

Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale adds: “It’s very rewarding to see this significant transformation of homes at the Manor Farm estate coming to fruition. The success of the programme has been down to the close collaboration, expertise and hard work of the partners and, crucially, the support of the people living on the estate. To have the project highlighted by this important national awards scheme is a further bonus and a real achievement for everyone involved.”

Councillor Ed Ruane, cabinet member for Housing and Communities, and local ward councillor, comments: “This work in Manor Farm shows just how much can be achieved when everyone – local people, Whitefriars, the council and contractor – all work together. People who live in social housing deserve to live in a well maintained home and some of these improvements like the energy efficiency work will help to reduce heating bills which will save them some money too.”