In April 2015, we completed a £35M, eight year reinvestment programme into the Fulbourn estate of South Cambridgeshire.
Over the length of the project, we entirely redeveloped the estate by demolishing 159 homes that were in poor condition, and replacing them with 257 new, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes for rent and sale.
The demolished homes were originally built in 1966 from pre-cast concrete and had an expected lifespan of just 40 years. This lifespan was already coming to an end by the late 1990s. Structural problems were evident and the homes had poor insulation, making them expensive for residents to heat and the council to maintain.
The poor condition and layout of the estate also attracted anti-social behaviour.
Because of the scale of the investment required, and the need to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard, South Cambridgeshire District Council asked us to redevelop and regenerate the estate.
We have worked closely with the local community throughout the redevelopment programme, enlisting the help of a panel of local residents to ensure local views were listened to and taken into account. To ensure disruption was kept to a minimum, the redevelopment work was divided into phases. Work started on phase 1 in 2006, and the final home was completed in 2014.
All the new homes have been constructed with environmentally sustainable timber frames, and fitted with energy efficient heating systems. Over 10% of them also have solar panels.
The community can also enjoy a new, large open space for recreation, and a children’s area. It is a vast improvement to what was there before.
The homes on the estate, known as ‘The Swifts’, are available for both rent and sale. The homes for sale are a development of two and three bedroom homes available for outright sale or shared ownership. The shared ownership homes offer a range of discounted schemes to residents with local connections, helping to keep them affordable, and the community sustainable.
Our redevelopment has benefited the whole community. As part of the ￡35M, we have funded a number of local community projects. These include ￡318,000 towards local education, ￡29,000 towards local transport, ￡45,000 for the community hall and library, £75,000 on public art and ￡75,000 on public amenities and open space.
The scheme was shortlisted for two national awards in 2015: Best Non-Grant Funded Development in Inside Housing's Top 60 Developments and for a National Housing Federation Award.
For more information on the Fulbourn redevelopment project watch our short film.