Originally constructed in the late 1960s, phases 1 to 4 of this major regeneration project were started in 2013, with completion in 2018. The new, fifth phase, comprising Farrow House and the unrefurbished sections of Ladysmith House and Vicarage House, consists of the refurbishment of 30 maisonettes. This work includes re-roofing, replacement of all doors and windows, installation of new services, selective demolition and a new build stair and lift core for the complex.
Sasha Bainbridge, partnerships director for Lovell, said: “We’re very happy to be working with Freebridge Community Housing and getting the next stage of this exciting and transformative project underway.
“The completed stages have made an enormous difference to the area. The new phase 5 is the most operationally challenging of the whole scheme to date, largely due to the location of the block itself and the more difficult access, but careful planning will ensure that the work is carried out with minimum disruption to the residents elsewhere in Hillington Square.”
Paul Newbold, director of new homes and communities at Freebridge Community Housing, added: “It is great to see this final refurbishment phase underway, bringing these much-needed social rented homes back into use.”
Architects on the scheme are Norwich-based Feilden + Mawson. Work is expected to be completed by the winter of 2024/25.
The regeneration of phases 1 to 4 was the winner of the RICS Award 2019 (East of England Region) for the Best Regeneration Scheme.