Life in new home is a piece of cake
Published by M Parker for Home Group in Housing and also in Communities
L-R Coun Trevor Snaith, Home Group board member Claire Bassett, customer Christine Jordan and Home Group director of enterprise and development Brian Ham
THE completion of the first phase of a housing regeneration scheme has been celebrated.
Affordable housing provider Home Group hosted an opening ceremony to officially mark the completion of 27 new homes as part of a multi million pound regeneration of a Buckinghamshire estate.
Residents, civic dignitaries and Home Group executives all attended a fun day in High Wycombe on the site of a £27m regeneration scheme which will see modern energy efficient homes built to replace outdated properties.
Home Group, one of the UK’s largest affordable housing providers, is demolishing 142 outdated flats and maisonettes and replacing them with 164 homes in Olympic Way.
Christine and Andrew Jordan are among the first Home Group customers to move into one of the new properties. Christine, a 42-year-old mother of four, said: “We’re really delighted with our new home. We love the fact that we now have a garden which we can spend time in. The home is warm and spacious and the kids love playing in the garden. It’s made a huge difference to our quality of life.”
The day saw young people from the community perform a street dance before Christine took part in the cake cutting ceremony. The street, which was previously called Lance Way, has been renamed Olympic Way in recognition of Britain’s sporting achievements in 2012.
Brian Ham, Home Group executive director of enterprise and development, said: “I’m delighted to have met with customers and learned how much they enjoy living in their new homes. The first phase of work which has been completed here gives a really clear indication of what Home Group will achieve in the whole neighbourhood.
“These properties form part of our commitment as a major developer of affordable housing to provide homes in the south of England.
“Home Group isn’t only interested in providing high quality homes but also in building thriving communities. Events like today really help to bring about a sense of community and help residents get to know each other.”
The first phase of the development was built at a cost of £5.2m. All of the homes in the development will meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and include energy efficient measures including high levels of insulation and solar panels.