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HTA partnered with Sentinel Housing Group & Walter Llewellyn to consult with residents, design and construct the regeneration of this unpopular estate using innovative steel frame construction. Residents collaborated in developing options for the design of the new masterplan and homes, which saw the phased demolition of empty walk up blocks and their replacement with a new village with terraced homes of mixed tenure surrounding open spaces, a new community centre and a ‘main’ street of retail including a public house all with flats over. A new road layout surrounding a village green completes the transformation of grim estate to trim village.

Homes were built using a highly innovative system involving large, factory-produced recyclable lightweight steel panels, with pre-decked floor cassettes, enabling the shell and upper floors of a dwelling to be erected within a day. This scheme has already transformed the image of the estate - all completed homes for sale were bought for prices in line with Basingstoke property values.

The team engaged in collective consultation with residents through the organisation of events, open days, exhibitions and a web-based tool kit. There was extensive consultation throughout the project and innovative ways were utilised to engage with residents including the formation of a design panel; we held open days, exhibitions and walkabouts; produced newsletters and used ongoing feedback mechanisms; created a web-based toolkit that helped explain the modular choice options available.

Location: Oakridge, Basingstoke

Client: Sentinel Housing Association

Accommodation: 299 new homes, a community centre and retail units

Start Date: 2000

Completion Date: 2005

Services Provided

Mixed Use, Residential

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