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Client: Wales and West Housing
The project at Bettws near Bridgend was a partnership between Bridgend County Borough Council and Wales & West Housing Association to regenerate an existing run down estate comprising old Woolaway Homes and encourage the existing community to remain in Bettws. The project included 125 homes.
The proposal was to demolish the dilapidated system built houses to clear areas of the site in phases to construct the new lifetime homes designs approved by the Assembly.
Extensive resident liaison was undertaken by the Council and Housing Association to identify residents who wished to be relocated and identify any special needs requirements of the residents to be relocated. Representatives of the Tenant and Residents Association were also involved in the planning of the development.
A grant was obtained to engage community development officers to work with residents, youth groups, schools, etc and proved very successful in encouraging families to accept the proposals. In conjunction with the contractor virtual reality presentations of the new lifetime homes were given to prospective residents.
Following a report by Bowen & Partners in 1999, the project was approved to proceed on a partnered basis as recommended in the Latham/Egan reports and was subsequently adopted by the Housing Forum and Welsh Assembly as a demonstration project on the benefits of partnered affordable housing procurement. Following a 2 stage tender, Lovell were appointed as the partnering contractor for the whole project. The project was completed in 2004 and won a number of awards including the prestigious Chartered Institute of Housing Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Housing in Wales and Demonstration Award from Constructing Excellence.