Freebridge Community Housing unveil plans for final phases of Hillington Square project

(Overhead view from the North East.)

Freebridge Community Housing have today unveiled the plans for the final phases to the Hillington Square regeneration project, following the successful completion of the first four phases at Millfleet Court, Valentine Place, Colby Court and Eldridge Court.

The unveiling of the plans begins a month-long period of consultation with the community before they are submitted to the Borough Council for planning approval.

Because of the continuing coronavirus situation Freebridge will be hosting the proposed plans online at www.hillingtonsquare.co.uk/consultation/ and in the windows of the old Community Café building on the Square.

Tony Hall, Freebridge’s Chief Executive said, “Like organisations across the country we have been managing the situation in respect of Covid-19 from day to day, adapting the way we work in order to allow us to continue to provide much needed services to the residents that need them, while at the same time ensuring that that our priority continues to be the health and safety of our customers and workforce.

“Thankfully we’ve also been able to continue to work on longer-term plans and projects including these proposed final plans for the redevelopment of the Hillington Square estate in the heart of King’s Lynn.”

Andy Walder, Freebridge chair said, “Despite the current circumstances we are very excited to be able to let everyone see our proposed plans for the remaining work still to be done at Hillington Square. The project had been paused towards the end of last year to allow us to fully investigate the options available to us and we’ve used that time well. The final plans reflect our desire to offer a better mix and variety of housing on the estate and we feel this will result in ensuring that Hillington Square is a great place to live for many years to come.”

If you want to let us know what you think of the proposed new plans for the final phases of the Hillington Square project you can either email us at HillingtonSq@freebridge.org.uk or call us on 03332 404 444.

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Freebridge Community Housing announce plans for final phases of Hillington Square project

Freebridge Community Housing has announced plans for the final phases to the Hillington Square regeneration project, following the successful completion of the first four phases at Millfleet Court, Valentine Place, Colby Court and Eldridge Court.

Tony Hall, Freebridge’s Chief Executive said, “We were due to start on the final phases of the project earlier this year, but because of our desire to complete the outstanding work to the same high standard as the initial phases and the increasing costs of refurbishing the existing buildings we decided, with the Board’s approval, to pause the project. This has also allowed us to fully investigate the options available including the opportunity to offer a better mix and variety of housing on the estate which we feel would be of additional benefit to the local community.”

The new plan sees Freebridge change the approach taken so far and rather than refurbishing the untouched blocks the plan will now see them demolished with new homes being built in their place, subject to planning approval.
Work will now begin on finishing the details and timings of the final plans which will see residents consulted on in the Summer, before work starts on site later in the year.

Tony Hall, Freebridge’s Chief Executive said, “We appreciate the patience people have shown with the progress of this project and hope that the phases we have completed so far show our desire to make the Square a great place to live.

“I’m looking forward to seeing work beginning again next year and am excited about the fact that as we head towards the finish line, we’re doing so with the very same commitment to providing good quality homes for the people of West Norfolk that we had at the start.”

Freebridge celebrate another award for Hillington Square

The regeneration project at Freebridge’s Hillington Square estate in King’s Lynn has won another award in the Design & Craftsmanship Awards last night in Norwich, winning jointly alongside East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ The Nook.

The award which was given in the new Civic and Community category was presented to Freebridge Community Housing, Fielden + Mawson LLP – the architects currently working on the project, Mae – the architects involved in the original phases, Hemingway Design – design consultants on the project, Lovell Partnership – the construction firm who completed work on the first four stages, and Rossi Long Consulting Ltd and ALH, respectively the structural and mechanical & electrical engineers.

The Civic and Community category is supported by national charity Civic Voice, with the award seeking to recognise examples of high quality design and projects that make a positive contribution to the local area. As a winner of the award the regeneration project is now put forward to the Civic Voice National Design Awards in 2020.

Judges for the award were looking at “not just a well-designed successful end product, but also the community story and collaborative process which lies behind it”.

Tony Hall, Freebridge’s Chief Executive, said “We are delighted that the Hillington Square project has won another award, and are particularly pleased that it has won in a category that looked at the wider work of what we’ve achieved so far. In the next few weeks we’ll be confirming our plans in respect of the what we still need to do to complete the project and I look forward to seeing the work on the site start again next year.”

Sun and Fun at Hillington Square

Freebridge Community Housing welcomed in the summer sun with their annual fete at Hillington Square on Saturday, 24 August 2019.

Now into its sixth year, the fete saw the Square full of fun and food for all the family, with music and games happening throughout the afternoon.

The event had the usual selection of bouncy castles, face painting and outdoor games on offer, alongside entertainment from the Simon Rowe’d Show and Stevie Spud, owls from Norfolk Wild Encounters, the King’s Lynn Astronomy Society and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Also in attendance was the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Councillor Geoff Hipperson and his wife Mrs Rose Hipperson who both came along to support the event and take part in some of the activities on offer.

Sophie Bates, Director of Housing at Freebridge said: “We’ve held the Summer Fete at Hillington Square for a number of years now and it’s always a really great day for everyone that attends. The weather was on our side and it was good to see plenty of people there on the day to joining in the fun!”

Freebridge celebrate award for Hillington Square

The regeneration project at Freebridge’s Hillington Square estate in King’s Lynn has won another award in the Eastern Region Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards last night in Bury St Edmunds.

The award which was given in the Regeneration category was presented to representatives of Freebridge Community Housing, Field + Mawson LLP – the architects currently working on the project, Lovell Partnership – the construction firm who completed work on the first four stages and G C Baxter & Associates – quantity surveyors on the project.

As a winner of the Eastern Region award the regeneration project is now put forward to the National RICS awards that will take place on the 4th October in London.

The RICS judges commended the team behind the project “as two thirds through its overall redevelopment, the benefits to the local residents and surrounding community can be seen already” and stated that the work completed so far “has not only improved the standard of living for its residents, but improved their sense of belonging, safety and community”.

Tony Hall, Freebridge’s Chief Executive, said “We are delighted that the Hillington Square project has won another award, and are particularly pleased that it won in the Regeneration category. It was always our intention from the outset to ensure that the work we needed to do with the estate extended to more than just the refurbishment of the existing buildings and an award like this means that others agree that this approach was the right one and one that is working.”

Work on the Hillington Square project continues with tenders being currently sought for the next stage of construction work, after which plans will be made for the completion of the final phases.

Fun in the Sun on the Square

The Hillington Square Summer Fete returned for its annual visit on Saturday, and it was bigger than ever!

Thankfully the torrential rain the previous evening had long since passed, and there was plenty of fun to be had in the summer sunshine.

The fete, now in its fifth year, saw entertainment from the Simon Rowe’d Show, Rollo The Entertainer, local singer Emily Blake, owls from Dawn ‘Til Dusk and the Square was even invaded by a Dalek from Doctor Who!

King’s Lynn Round Table 54 were on barbecue duties, and King’s Lynn’s Police Cadets along with Red Watch from Norfolk’s Fire Service also came along to help out on the day.

Also, in attendance was the Mayor and Mayoress of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Councillor Nick Daubney and his wife Mrs Cheryl Daubney, who came along to support the fete and take part in some of the activities on offer.

Freebridge Director of Housing, Robert Clarke, said: “The Hillington Square Summer Fete is always a highlight for us at Freebridge, and it was great to see so many people enjoying the weather and getting involved in the fun! We also managed to raise £126 through our raffle on the day which will go to Freebridge’s chosen charity the King’s Lynn Food Bank.”

All the fun of the fete at Hillington Square

The Hillington Square Summer Fete is back again this Saturday, 28 July 2018 from 12 noon until 3 pm, and it’s bigger than ever!

Once again, the Square will be packed with food and fun for all the family, with music and games on offer throughout the afternoon.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Councillor Nick Daubney, will also be in attendance to support the fete and take part in some of the activities on offer.

The fete, now in its fifth year, will see entertainment from the Simon Rowe’d Show, Rollo The Entertainer, local singer Emily Blake, owls from Dawn ‘Til Dusk and the Square will even be invaded by a Dalek from Doctor Who!

King’s Lynn Round Table 54 are on barbecue duties, and King’s Lynn’s Police Cadets along with Red Watch from Norfolk’s Fire Service will also be in attendance on the day.

Plus, there’s a raffle to raise money for the King’s Lynn Food Bank with some great prizes generously donated from a number of local businesses.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge said: “Over the last few years the Hillington Square Fete has grown into a fantastic day, welcoming people from across West Norfolk, and we’re hoping that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever!“

ELDRIDGE COURT FOURTH PHASE OF HILLINGTON SQUARE COMPLETE

Freebridge Community Housing are pleased to announce the completion of the latest phase of their Hillington Square regeneration project. 

The completion of Eldridge Court follows on from the work at Colby Court, Millfleet Court and Valentine Place, and sees work on 202 of the original 320 homes now finished.

New tenants have been moving back into Eldridge Court over the last few weeks, and the completed phase will contain three 3 bed maisonettes, seventeen 2 bed maisonettes, eight 2 bed flats, eight 1 bed flats and eight studio flats.

Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing, Tony Hall, said: “We continue to be hugely proud of the work that’s been completed at Hillington Square, and it’s fantastic to see people moving back into their new homes.

“We are now past the half-­way point of the project, although there is still plenty to do to ensure we complete the remaining work at Hillington Square to the same high quality as the earlier phases. We will shortly begin a number of new tender exercises in respect of the work still to be done, which will see us start on the next phase in 2019.”

Eldridge Court has been named in honour of Jack Albert D Eldridge, a decorated World War II veteran, who passed away in 2000 and whose family has ties to Hillington Square.

CHOCOLATE MAD AT THE EASTER PARTY

Last week we held our annual Easter Party at Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre, and we were so pleased to see so many of you there!

We wanted to say a huge thank you to the KLFM Easter Egg appeal, where we were able to give all the children a chocolate easter egg, and even had some for prizes for the best decorated easter egg too! We look forward to seeing you all at the next event.

EASTER IS APPROACHING!

…so we would like to invite you to our Easter Party at the Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre!

This will be held on Thursday 29 March, 1.30 – 3pm and there will be cupcakes, crafts and face painting!