The Regeneration department has been working extremely hard over the past few years, which has led to some notable successes in terms of new schemes:
- Green Man Lane, Ealing
- The Green Man Lane estate in West Ealing, London, is being transformed with high quality new homes and community facilities, as part of a £136m regeneration project.
- The Green Man Lane regeneration project was listed at numer 95 in Regeneration and Renewal's Top 100 Regeneration Projects 2011.
- Residents, neighbours and other stakeholders have worked together with the regeneration team to shape plans for the project, giving their input into a range of areas including design, community regeneration and neighbourhood management.
- Planning approval for phase one was granted in September 2010 with the design winning approval from the GLA and the council’s planning department, who passed the plans unanimously.
- Demolition of the estate’s 464 existing homes and a multi-storey car park got under way in 2011, to make way for the first of 706 new flats and houses for a mixture of affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale.
The scheme is estimated to take around nine years in total and will be energy-efficient with an on-site energy centre providing combined heat and power for all homes and facilities.
Included in the plans are some exciting opportunities for social enterprise which will benefit not only residents of Green Man Lane, but also the local area.
- Stanwell New Start
The £50m regeneration involves replacing 164 sub-standard dwellings with 360 modern apartments and houses of mixed tenure (including Extra Care accommodation) throughout the scheme.
Residents were initially opposed to the project; however, A2Dominion and partner, Spelthorne Borough Council, turned this around with over 90% of the community now supporting the scheme.
- Resident involvement Key to our success was the degree of resident involvement together with the breadth and variety of the consultation undertaken by the partners, including a dedicated web site: www.stanwellnewstart.co.uk
- Temporary accommodation: Balancing the needs of the residents with the pressures of finding suitable temporary accommodation was paramount in the phasing of this project. To overcome any difficulties, we became self-reliant – purchasing and building additional properties to provide temporary accommodation for the scheme.
- Profits re-invested: We used our commercial arm, A2Dominion Enterprises, as the main contractor for the development, which allowed us to re-invest profit generated from private sales back into the local authority. This in turn helps to create additional affordable homes for the local residents.
- Re-distribution of open space: Prior to regeneration, open space throughout the estate was under-utilised and often the location of anti-social behaviour. With the help of residents, the open space has been converted into a series of smaller parks that offer something for all age groups.
- Community Engagement: During the regeneration programme there are several opportunities to enhance the community spirit. Initiatives include an award winning history project and a community radio station.
- St Michael's
A2Dominion has transformed St Michael’s Road in Ashford, replacing 65 outdated homes with 81 new houses and apartments of various sizes and tenures for Spelthorne residents.
Resident consultation was paramount to this project with tenants consulted at various stages throughout the planning and development process to obtain their input on proposals. A steering group was also set up to liaise and consult with residents on design and quality issues for the scheme.
By engaging residents in the process, we successfully managed to change initially negative attitudes towards the redevelopment with all residents now fully supporting the project.
The residents who moved into the first phase of the development have been delighted with the quality and comfort of their new homes.
- Bowes Wapshott
A2Dominion transformed a substandard post-war estate into a range of modern and practical homes that residents are proud to live in at the Bowes and Wapshott Road Estates in Egham.
Working with Runnymede Council, the Group put together a regeneration package of over £20 million to modernise the estates, bringing them up to a high standard to fit the needs of our residents.
The original estate was in desperate need of renovation as it was constructed using a prefabricated concrete panel system. Over time this outdated building method proved to be insufficient and ultimately led to the homes failing to meet the government’s Decent Homes Standard.
The 108 brand new homes are both affordable and environmentally efficient, with a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses for affordable rent and outright sale. The project will achieve a 'Very Good' EcoHomes rating and will be built in two phases.
Resident involvement is central to the project and a programme of resident consultation has been of paramount importance in terms of shaping future plans for the area and the homes within it.
Residents have been involved in formulating proposals for a complete redevelopment of the site, directly influencing work via a steering group made up of tenant representatives to ensure specific needs were taken into account. Residents also had the opportunity to vote on whom they wished to manager their new homes on completion, further enhancing their involvement and influence.
- Beavers Lane
Working in partnership with Hounslow Council, Hounslow Homes and contractor United House Ltd, A2Dominion completed this key regeneration project in Hounslow, west London.
The £25m scheme involved the replacement of 98 flats in structurally defective blocks, with 200 new homes comprising a mix of houses and flats for rent, shared ownership and private sale.