One of the biggest housing regeneration projects in the city for decades has been completed in Lenton by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes.
Over four years of development has seen the area completely transformed, with five tower blocks demolished to make way for 142 homes, including bungalows, flats, family homes and an award-winning independent living scheme which enables older residents to stay in their community as they age.
The centre of the new neighbourhood features a green corridor – a place for wildlife and nature to thrive, and for residents to relax.
Lenton has been the flagship project in the City Council’s Building a Better Nottingham programme, which has completed 411 new social housing properties on sites around the city, with more in progress or planned.
The outdated tower blocks, which had stood since the sixties, were demolished, transforming the skyline of the city – but they won’t be forgotten. A memory of them is preserved in the site, in the shape of a sculpture, crafted out of a tree removed from the site.
Cllr Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: We are transforming neighborhoods across the city, and creating a variety of quality homes, which, not only suit the differing needs of our citizens, but which are energy efficient, secure and warm.
“Lenton is a prime example of how we are not just building new homes, but completely transforming areas of the city. The flats were iconic and synonymous with the area, so it’s a big change for Lenton – but a positive change, providing modern homes and creating places where people want to live.”
The works were managed and overseen by city’s Arm’s Length Organisation (ALMO) Nottingham City Homes (NCH), who also manage the city’s council housing and recently won three accolades at the prestigious UK Housing Awards, including Landlord of the Year.
Work continues on Church Square in Lenton, to build another 17 affordable rented homes, with a number of other sites across the city also actively transforming neighbourhoods.
Source: West Bridgford Wire