REGENERATION OF LENTON HIGH RISE FLATS REACHES FIRST LANDMARK
 

Demolition of Lenton's high rise flats and plans for the regeneration of the site have been reported on elsewhere on this website (e.g. Changing Lenton: The Why, How, What & When of the Lenton Flats' Redevelopment), and representatives from Nottingham City Homes have come to NAG open meetings to give up-dates on the progress of the work. On Wednesday 25 November, 2015, Nottingham City Homes and the NAG will jointly host an open meeting at the first phase of the regeneration of the site - Palmer Court (November 2015 NAG Open Meeting).

On Tuesday, 3 November 2015, HbD (Housebuilder & Developer) carried an on-line report under the heading:

Nottingham Flagship Housing Scheme Gives Nod to One of Lenton’s Greats

As the Building a Better Nottingham programme continues to gather pace, Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and Nottingham City Council (NCC) unveil the next 54 homes on its biggest site in Lenton.

The 54 self contained apartments all form part of the brand new independent living scheme, Palmer Court. Built by community regeneration specialists, Keepmoat, the energy efficient homes are set to replace flats in nearby Newgate Court, which in the new year will be the final of the five 16 storey tower blocks in Lenton to be demolished.

Aided by historians from Lenton Historical Society, Palmer Court has been named after former local resident and conservationist, Ena May Palmer. The science teacher, who founded the Lenton History Society, and was named Citizen of Honour by Nottingham City Council in 1994 for her environmental work, died in 1998 at the age of 92.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said:

“It was important to us when naming the new roads and buildings on this site, that we took some influence from local people.

“Our teams worked together with the Lenton History Society to find historical characters who had made a difference to the local area, and whose memories should be celebrated.

“We then took a list of suggestions to the residents of Newgate Court to find their favourite. It was decided that Palmer Court was the most fitting way to honour Ena, a woman remembered by many local residents.”

All the new residents in Palmer Court have made the move out of neighbouring Newgate Court, after being given first refusal to rent the new homes. Many tenants have been living in the tower block for decades, with the longest serving resident having been there 47 years, since 1968. Resident David Marshall, still has with him the 1968-69 rent book he had when he first moved in to Newgate Court.

Mr Harry Hatton, who had also been a Newgate Court resident since 1972 and a warden there for over 12 years, was asked to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony.

Work on the Lenton site began in the summer of 2013, when Nottingham-based Total Reclaims started demolition of the five tower blocks. In early 2014 work began on Palmer Court, which was built in the footprint of the former Lenton Court.

Palmer Court’s development has included the use of:

  • 100,000 bricks – all Nottingham City Red Bricks, sourced and created specifically for the Building a Better Nottingham scheme
  • Over 1,000 tonnes of concrete
  • 85 solar photo-voltaic panels, fitted to the roof.

Councillor Alex Ball, Executive Assistant with responsibility for housing at Nottingham City Council, said:

“I’ve become a regular visitor to the Lenton site over the past few years and I’m delighted to see just how fantastic Palmer Court now looks for its new residents.

“From the flats themselves to the fantastic communal garden, rooftop sun room and community spaces, this building not only offers the essentials for its tenants in terms of energy efficiency, warmth, modern facilities and security, it is also an incredibly well designed structure, built with our very own Nottingham City Red brick, that stands out for its innovative design, while settling into the surrounding area with ease.”

Keepmoat is now well underway building brand new family homes and bungalows on the remainder of the Lenton site.

Since the firm began working in Lenton in November 2013, they have not just focused on building quality homes, they have also contributed to the local economy, offering a wide range of social impact on the surrounding area.

In Keepmoat’s time on site it has taken on 13 apprentices, offered work experience placements to 19 young people and employed locally wherever possible, even offering work to one local Lenton resident who lives just yards from the site.

Nathan Brough, Regional Director for Keepmoat, said:

“Keepmoat is proud to see Palmer Court being unveiled to the public by its new residents. This independent living scheme is a fantastic example of a bespoke development for older residents; the UK needs more schemes like this to ensure our older generations are able to enjoy life to the fullest whilst maintaining their independence.

“Here at Keepmoat, it’s not just about bricks and mortar, we aim to leave a lasting legacy wherever we work and it’s great that we have been able to do this through apprenticeships, work experience, site visits and short courses to upskill our local labour and sub-contractors.”

Nick Murphy added:

“We’re committed to transforming the neighbourhoods we work in and the regeneration of Lenton forms a huge part our programme of works. Once all the work is completed, this will be the biggest transformation we’ve seen in the city’s housing element of the Building a Better Nottingham scheme to date.

“I hope all the new Palmer Court residents enjoy living in their new apartments and continue to reap the benefits of living in modern and efficient homes.

To read the original article and to see a video of the redevelopment of the site of Palmer Court from rubble to new building visit:

 http://www.hbdonline.co.uk/news/nottingham-flagship-housing-scheme-gives-nod-to-one-of-lentons-greats/