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Aylesbury regeneration project is shortlisted for housing award

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Published by Ailsa Macmillan for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities

Tenant Richard Ives (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the flagship High Wycombe scheme, with Emma Sullivan, (left) Housing Support Officer with MacIntyre Housing Association, and Debbie Stuart, (right) Assistant Director, Housing and Support, MacIntyre Hou Tenant Richard Ives (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the flagship High Wycombe scheme, with Emma Sullivan, (left) Housing Support Officer with MacIntyre Housing Association, and Debbie Stuart, (right) Assistant Director, Housing and Support, MacIntyre Hou

A £4.2 million refurbishment project in Aylesbury has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

As part of the scheme, national housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat built four new developments consisting of two six-bed supported living accommodation units, a 14-bed supported living accommodation unit and a six-bed registered care home.

Now Grand Union Housing Group, (GUHG) the landlord which owns and manages the apartments, has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2014 in the specialist ‘landlord of the year’ category.

GUHG-subsidiary Macintyre Housing Association appointed Keepmoat to transform the mixed-use developments under the Project Abode scheme that began in February 2011 and finished in September 2013.

The homes, which are located around Buckinghamshire, have luxurious fixtures and fittings centred around making the residents feel as comfortable as possible.

Jason Seymour, New Build Director from Keepmoat, said: “The development shows the variety and the scale of the project that Keepmoat can deliver on a mixed use development.

“The new facilities mean that residents are happier and more comfortable.”

Fixtures in the new development include en-suite showers in the individual rooms, one assisted bathroom in each property and staff accommodation on each site.

Each development includes a communal dining area, lounge and landscaped spaces for relaxation, contemplation or activity.

Residents were invited to get involved with the decoration of their new apartments, choosing the colour schemes and carpets throughout to suit every individual.

A user guide was installed to help residents get to grips with the new facilities.

Aileen Evans, Managing Director of MacIntyre Housing Association, from Grand Union Housing Group said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award within the housing sector.

“This project has been incredibly close to our hearts, so we are proud that our hard work towards improving the lives of our tenants has ended in such an extraordinary way.

“The difference that Project Abode has made to people’s lives cannot be underestimated. People are supported to make choices and shape their own futures – they are now tenants of their own homes, in control of their own lives and have the same rights and responsibilities as other people.”

All four developments were delivered on time, to the agreed budget and challenges were overcome successfully during construction.

The awards will take place at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 29th April.

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