Work has started on a major £5 million regeneration of two blocks of flats in Wellingborough.
The Wellingborough Homes scheme will see a complete refurbishment of Diana and Sylvanus House, on the Queensway estate.
Contractor, Steele & Bray, have now started work to strip the blocks back to the basic structure before starting a complete remodelling of the buildings and associated work to the grounds.
The completed project will see the 72 one-bedroom flats currently across both houses, on Kiln Way and Minerva Way, replaced by a total of 70 new homes, which will be a mix of one and two-bedroom flats. It is scheduled for completion by August 2015.
Byron Pountney, contract manager at Wellingborough Homes, said: “This project will see a complete regeneration of the buildings.
“The work will see us strip them right back to the skeleton and effectively start again to create a mix of modern, energy efficient, affordable homes which cater for local need.
“In every way this is a major transformation of this site which we hope will breathe new life into the area.”
Steve Burditt, Managing Director at Steele & Bray Ltd, said: “Being a Northamptonshire based contractor employing local tradesman and subcontractors, Steele & Bray are delighted to be part of the exciting plans that Wellingborough Homes have for Diana and Sylvanus House.
“Not only will this scheme provide quality accommodation for residents, but it will provide much needed support to the local construction sector and the local economy as a whole.
We have a policy of using local suppliers whenever possible and this project has also provided an opportunity for a new apprentice to join our workforce from the local area.
“We are looking forward to seeing the dramatic improvements to these properties that the design team have planned.”
The development will take place in two phases with work on Sylvanus House scheduled for completion in September 2014 and work on Diana House scheduled to be finished in August 2015.
Wellingborough Homes has already invested £16 million in five schemes to provide 112 affordable homes across the borough – Kingfisher Close, Bronte Court, Blake Court,
Ladywell Park and Knights Court.
Work also recently started on a £2.5 million development of 26 flats at the site formerly occupied by the Dun Cow pub, on Gold Street.