On 18th August over 300 people enjoyed a sun-soaked community celebration hosted by Curo and Lovell. The Southlands Community Fayre included live music, games, competitions, a mini-farm as well as many stalls from local groups.
The event was held to mark the completion of one of the UK’s biggest regeneration programmes of its kind, which has replaced 191 defective concrete homes across Bath and Keynsham.
The 74 homes at Southlands in Weston, Bath are the last of the properties to have been built by Curo and Lovell as part of a six-year programme to replace Curo’s stock of pre-cast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes.
Curo has invested £20m into this massive redevelopment programme, with £12m coming from the Homes and Communities Agency. The homes at Southlands are the last to have been rebuilt, following the completion of similar work at sites in Twerton, Weston and Keynsham.
The demolished PRC homes were notoriously draughty and noisy and have been replaced by modern homes that meet the latest high design, build and security standards. All the new homes at Southlands are highly energy-efficient meeting Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and all the houses and communal areas benefit from solar panels.
One of the first people to move back to Southlands is Samantha Stone who has two young daughters. “I first moved to Southlands in 2003 where I had a two-bedroom flat in one of the old concrete properties," said Samantha. "It’s a lovely neighbourhood to live in, but the flat was showing its age. It’s great to be back in Southlands again and we’re so pleased with our new home – it’s going to be so much cheaper to run and the move has been handled so smoothly.”
Mike Grist, Curo’s Director of Asset Management and Development, said: “At Curo we’re really proud to have delivered on our promise to replace or renew all our old PRC properties, providing high-quality, modern homes.”
The new homes at Southlands include a mixture of flats and much-needed family houses and are being made available on low-cost rents, with the remaining 16 homes offered through shared ownership which helps people to get a foot on the housing ladder.
Photo: The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Cllr Rob Appleyard plants an Acer tree to mark the completion of these last homes.