Stanwell New Start regeneration project

Landmark local regeneration project completion

The £50m Stanwell New Start regeneration project was completed in January and is breathing new life into the post-war estate.

The project has delivered 326 properties including 98 affordable rent, 18 shared ownership and 166 privately owned homes. More than half of the new homes are affordable, exceeding the borough's policy requirements. Every property has off-street parking and solar technologies.

Local facilities have also been transformed. There is now a well-used community centre and a 44 room extra care facility for older residents, called Chestnut Court. Eight public open spaces have been enhanced to provide play parks, a multi-use games area and landscaped squares.

In response to a concentration of poor quality housing stock, A2Dominion Group and Spelthorne Borough Council agreed a comprehensive physical regeneration of the area and a programme of community investment initiatives. Construction for Phase 1 commenced in May 2009.

The Mayor, Cllr Jean Pinkerton, said: "This project has been instrumental in replacing prefabricated houses and 1970s construction apartment blocks that were no longer suitable for residents to live in. The community centre provides a venue, in which a variety of activities can take place, for all ages of the community. Engagement with the community has been key throughout every stage of this project, both the Council and A2Dominimon Group listened to what people wanted and tried to incorporate their wishes in to each of the phasing designs."

Ian Cox, Chair of the Board at A2Dominion Group, said: "A2Dominion has a long history of working in this area and we are very proud to have worked with the council and our partners to bring the regeneration of Stanwell through to completion. We now own and manage more than 7,000 homes in borough and we're committed to continuing to deliver homes for Spelthorne in the future, including in Ashford where we've recently purchased the 10-acre Brooklands College town centre site, to create more than 350 new homes."

To mark the end of construction, those who have been heavily involved in delivering the objectives, met at the Stanwell Rose Community Centre on 2 July and took the opportunity to revisit what the project has achieved.