Housing estate is on the track for summer
Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Communities and also in Environment, Housing
L/R Keepmoat Senior Site Manager Brian Beddows joins Nick Paige, Affinity Sutton Re Investment Project Manager, as they give an energy monitor to local resident James Thomas.
A housing estate in Newton-le-Willows is on the fast track for summer thanks to a train-themed makeover by housing provider Affinity Sutton.
The land surrounding eight low-rise apartment blocks in Stephenson Road will be transformed over the next two months by regeneration specialist Keepmoat as part of an estate-wide landscaping and improvement programme.
The works will see the creation of a railway path as well as a children’s play tunnel and a train-themed play park.
The unusual design reflects the estate’s train building heritage, as the flats were originally built by the Vulcan locomotive factory to house its workers in the 1960s.
The factory closed at the start of the 21st century and has since been demolished.
The entrances to the blocks of flats will also be revamped as part of the works, which are expected to be complete by Easter, with feature panels to reflect the new-look estate.
As part of the wide-scale landscaping and planting, Keepmoat organised a bulb planting event for residents with help from Affinity Sutton site staff.
Dozens of amateur gardeners descended on the site armed with daffodils, wild garlic and bluebells, planting them in waves to create explosions of colour through the seasons.
Brian Beddows, Site Manager at Keepmoat, said: “It was great to see all the residents come and help us spruce up the estate as part of the train-themed makeover to commemorate the estate’s heritage.
“It will be great to see all their hard work come to life in spring time when the work is complete and the surroundings are completely transformed.
“As a partnership Keepmoat and Affinity Sutton are passionate about improving residents’ lives and communities.
“I know everyone involved is excited to see their work come to life over the next few months.”
To further encourage wildlife and sustainability, Keepmoat is providing residents with free bat and bird boxes, water buts and energy monitors.
These will be installed free of charge by the regeneration specialist and the energy monitors will allow residents to track their energy use in an effort to reduce tenants’ bills.
Alex Willey, Asset Strategy Manager at Affinity Sutton - which owns and manages the homes - said of the landscaping: “It’s great to be working work with our partner Keepmoat on this fantastic landscaping scheme at Stephenson Road. The involvement of the residents has been invaluable and the result will be something we can all be very proud of.”