Palace Fields Estate Runcorn

Riverside picks team for £20m Runcorn estates renewal

The housing association has chosen Avison Young, Optimised Environments, and Mott MacDonald to draw up a renewal plans for the Palace Fields and Hallwood Park estates.

Riverside’s plan is to identify investment and development opportunities across both estates in Halton Lea; these could include investment in education, transport links, housing, and healthcare.

Although no firm plans have been decided on, Avison Young, OPEN and Mott MacDonald’s initial work will focus on deliverability, desirability of the area, and viability, while bringing on board public views on what shape the investment should take.

Consultation is also due to take place with other stakeholders including Halton Council, Cheshire Police, and other local housing associations.

The £20m investment is expected to come forward over a 10-year period and will take place over two phases.

Dean Butterworth, Riverside’s regional director, said: “We are really pleased to be making this multi-million pound investment in these neighbourhoods, which we feel is necessary for the area to be sustainable and continue to grow.

“Halton Lea is one of just two areas in the country that the Riverside board has selected to make this massive level of investment. We are committed to supporting real change in the area with the area renewal plan spanning the next 10 years.  We are working closely with key partners in the area to develop the plan ensuring a holistic approach to community investment.”

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