Another step forward !

Freebridge Community Housing is delighted to announce that, following a competitive tendering process, housing regeneration specialist Lovell has been selected as the preferred contractor for Hillington Square.

Lovell was chosen from a very strong field following a detailed tendering process. An initial 13 companies expressed an interest in the multi-million pound regeneration project which will transform Hillington Square.

Lovell was chosen as the preferred contractor after a process which culminated in interviews led by a panel of Freebridge board and staff representatives.

The proposed appointment of Lovell was subject to the satisfactory conclusion of post tender discussions and to a formal consultation process which ended on 22nd February 2013.

The first priority for Freebridge and Lovell will be to develop a partnership and prepare for the start on site which is anticipated in the summer.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive said: “On behalf of Freebridge, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of the contractors who were involved in this process. The tenders were of a very high standard. We are looking forward to the next stage of the project as we get ready for starting the work.”

Housing solutions specialist Lovell has a strong track record in delivering high-quality, customer-focused housing regeneration and refurbishment programmes Each year, the company refurbishes around 20,000 homes, mostly with residents in occupation. Working with residents and tenants is at the heart of its approach. Lovell regional director Tony Tann, commented:

“Lovell is delighted to have been awarded the role of main contractor for this keynote project at Hillington Square for our valued client, Freebridge Community Housing and to have the opportunity to build upon their vision and hard work so far. We are pleased that the project has been structured in a way that will enable the entire team to become actively involved in providing the best end result possible for all existing and future residents of Hillington Square and whilst doing so provide trading and employment opportunities for residents and businesses in King’s Lynn.”

The plans for Hillington Square, which have been developed by Freebridge with lead designers Hemingway Design and architects mae LLP in consultation with the local community, will transform the 1960s estate.

Key features of the design include new staircases with controlled access, improved storage and car parking and separation of the blocks to create a more open feel. The regeneration will be delivered in a phased approach with Greyfriars and Millfleet benefitting from improvement first, followed by Valentine and Thompson.

In addition, Freebridge has also been working with the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team to develop an innovative programme of community-based activities which will complement the physical regeneration.

Tony Hall explained: “We have an extremely talented team working on the regeneration of Hillington Square and with the appointment of Lovell, we are bringing further skills, experience and knowledge into the team.

“The Hillington Square project is hugely exciting for the residents, the partners and indeed King’s Lynn. We are looking forward to working closely with Lovell to prepare for the start on site.”

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