FROM HIGH RISE FLATS TO 'LENTON GREEN'
Regeneration of the Lenton High Rise Flats Site Completed
Under the headline 'Lenton transformed as project is completed following demolition of 'iconic' flats', in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 23 May 2018, Hannah Mitchell, wrote:
One of the biggest housing regeneration projects in the city for decades has been completed after a four-year project.
The development in Lenton, which was carried out by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes, has seen the area completely transformed.
Five tower bocks were completely demolished to make way for 142 homes, including bungalows, flats, family homes and an award-winning independent living scheme which enables older residents to stay in their community as they age.
The centre of the new neighbourhood features a green corridor – a place for wildlife and nature to thrive, and for residents to relax.
The tower blocks, which had stood since the sixties, were demolished – but they won’t be forgotten. A memory of them is preserved in the site, in the shape of a sculpture, crafted out of a tree removed from the site.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: "We are transforming neighborhoods across the city, and creating a variety of quality homes, which, not only suit the differing needs of our citizens, but which are energy efficient, secure and warm.
“Lenton is a prime example of how we are not just building new homes, but completely transforming areas of the city.
"The flats were iconic and synonymous with the area, so it’s a big change for Lenton- but a positive change, providing modern homes and creating places where people want to live.”
The works were managed and overseen by Nottingham City Homes (NCH), who also manage the city’s council housing.
Work continues on Church Square in Lenton, to build another 17 affordable rented homes, with a number of other sites across the city also actively transforming neighbourhoods.
Lenton has been part of the council's 'Building a Better Nottingham' programme, which has completed 411 new social housing properties on sites around the city, with more in progress planned.