Place Capital to revamp 850-home Blackburn neighbourhood
The regeneration company is to work in partnership with Together Housing Group to redevelop Shadsworth estate, part of a wider project to improve 36,000 homes across the North.
Place Capital will upgrade existing stock as well as providing new homes on infill sites across the site.
The plan will also see Place Capital, acting as Together Housing’s development manager, carry out public realm improvements across Shadsworth estate.
The project will also aim to improve community assets and build social infrastructure by providing access to work opportunities, events, information and support.
Properties across the estate will benefit from the installation of renewable heat infrastructure through air source heat pumps.
Built in 1953, the Shadsworth estate comprises more than 850 homes and is home to around 2,100 people.
The estate was the subject of a BBC Panorama Documentary in 2012 titled ‘Trouble on the Estate’.
The Shadsworth project is just one of several to be carried out by Place Capital Group in conjunction with Together Housing.
The companies have entered into a five-year agreement to work on improving the housing association’s North of England portfolio.
Place Capital, set up earlier this year by David Smith-Milne, will implement an overarching “place shaping” strategy under the terms of the agreement.
Kevin Ruth, deputy chief executive at Together Housing Group, said: “The partnership will help to focus and build capacity in core strategic areas of our business so that we maximise impact, build social infrastructure and deliver a first-class neighbourhood management service within our communities.”
David Smith-Milne, Place Capital Group chief executive said: “This is not a traditional development management contract that simply requires technical, consultancy or project management expertise to deliver a set of predetermined plans.
“At the core of this project is the need for visionary development expertise, to help THG set a new future and vision for some if its most challenging neighbourhoods.”