A major regeneration project in Blackpool by a social housing regeneration specialist has been commended as an exemplar site by a national building awards scheme.
Forrest’s Caton Grove in Layton was honoured with a Silver Award in the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The scheme aims to recognise the UK’s best construction sites and considerate performance towards local neighbourhoods, the general public, the workforce and the environment.
Managed by housing provider, Blackpool Coastal Housing, each of the post-war council houses has undergone extensive refurbishment to meet Decent Homes guidelines, the minimum standard for social housing in the UK.
Forrest was responsible for converting the properties into 13 houses and three flats. The company delivered internal improvement works including kitchen and bathroom upgrades, electrical rewiring, joinery and replacement central heating.
Externally, the properties underwent a full re-roofing which included loft insulation, as well as receiving new private gardens and fencing.
As part of environmental best practice, efforts were made to minimise the waste produced by ordering only the amount of material required and reusing cut-offs wherever possible. Vehicle sharing was also encouraged to lower Forrest’s carbon footprint and a rainwater collection system introduced to clean tools.
Ian Grimshaw, stock investment manager at Blackpool Coastal Housing, said “Forrest’s commitment to engaging with tenants has given peace of mind while vital improvement works are carried out.
“The programme was delivered in a professional manner with minimal disruption, and has brought with it enormous benefits to the neighbourhood.”
James Tittensor, site manager for Forrest said: “Our approach – ‘The Forrest Way’ – is to deliver real value on a community level through collaboration with our partners and the tenants they serve, which I’m pleased to say was achieved on this project.”