23 / 10 / 2019

Kettering Borough Council has chosen partnership housing expert and leading housing regeneration specialist Lovell for a £1.6 million programme which will turn an old-fashioned block of flats into attractive, modern homes for local tenants.

The Lovell team will remodel the 1920s Hampden Crescent building – currently made up of 11 three-bedroom flats – to create 18 one- and two-bedroom apartments which are more suited to the needs of the local community. The refurbished block will be named Hamilton House.

The scheme is the second major homes refurbishment programme awarded by the council to Lovell and follows the company’s successful completion of a similar redevelopment programme for the council’s other Hampden Crescent block, now known as Montrose House.

kettering block before

The new programme of work, started in August and will be finished by Summer 2020 and feature comprehensive internal and external improvements including an extension to create disabled ground floor flats and the construction of two new stair cores providing access to the newly re-modelled dwellings. Additionally, there will be construction of a plant room housing the new energy-saving communal air pump heating system.

Externally the building will be clad with external wall insulation, new uPVC windows, roof repairs, installation of solar PV panels, new bin stores, boundary walls and the car park will be re-surfaced.

Internally, we will see a comprehensive internal refurbishment to all 18 flats and communal areas, giving a ‘brand-new flat’ feel to the whole block.

Although there is no one living in the block of flats, there are two shops on the ground floor which will remain open during the refurbishment programme. Lovell’s specialist resident liaison team will be the main point of communication for the local community throughout the programme to ensure that the scheme goes ahead smoothly and with the least possible disruption.

Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale says: “We’re all delighted that following the success of the previously completed scheme, Montrose House, Kettering Borough Council has chosen Lovell to carry out this far-reaching refurbishment project at Hamilton House. It’s very satisfying to deliver such a significant programme of change. Our team takes huge pride in helping provide local people with the homes they need, and we look forward to using our regeneration expertise to create homes which are modern, warmer and more energy-efficient.