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Heart of the Community Welcomes Valentine Place

Exciting news has been announced for Hillington Square as the next block name has been revealed… It will be called Valentine Place!

To choose the new names, Freebridge received information from nearly 300 people living or working in the area at a series of consultations in 2013. Interviewees gave their views about Hillington Square and what it means to them. The research showed that the community did not want to see a new name for the estate, but there was strong support for a more individual approach for homes by promoting the identities of the blocks.

Colin Davison, Director of Property at Freebridge said: “When we told the community that the name Millfleet Court had been chosen for Phase One at Hillington Square, we were delighted with the way it was welcomed by everyone, including the residents moving into the refurbished homes.

“By listening and responding to what local people told us, we are confident that the new name for Phase Two, Valentine Place will be equally well received into the heart of the community.”

Other names that will be used as part of the £30-million regeneration in Hillington Square are Coronation Walk, Eldridge Way and Gurney Road. Details of their use will be shared further into the regeneration project.



What do you think of the new name? Let us know!


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Today saw the opening of the Olive Branch Community Café. The café, located in the centre of the square, sees Freebridge working in partnership with the Purfleet Trust, as part of the £30 million regeneration project.

As well as the volunteers from the Purfleet Trust, the café also saw Marks & Spencer staff volunteering their help, along with products being supplied to be used at the café.

KLFM broadcasted live from the event, and a celebratory cake, in the shape of the café, was cut by Mr and Mrs Major, two Freebridge tenants, who until recently had lived at Hillington Square for more than 44 years.

The café will be a place where people can meet, relax, enjoy a coffee and something to eat, while also providing training and employment opportunities in the area. There will also be free Wi-Fi for customers to use.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge, said “Now that the regeneration work is really starting to take place at Hillington Square, the cafe is the next step in developing the community for everyone concerned. It is a great place for people that live locally to meet and catch up, but also somewhere for people that walk through the square to stop and buy a coffee before they head to work.”

Paula Hall, Chief Executive of The Purfleet Trust added “Offering people opportunities for training and employment is at the heart of what we do. The Olive Branch Community Café gives our learners and volunteers a real environment for them to train and develop their skills. This café, which is the second one under this scheme, helps us to open doors in a great central location, to even more people.”

Hopefully we’ll see some of you there!

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It’s taken some time to get to this point so it’s good to see the work to redevelop Hillington Square in King’s Lynn beginning!

After much consultation with residents on the Square and the surrounding area, the submission and agreeing of the plans, and then the tendering process to decide on the contractor to complete the work we’re pleased to announce that work on the site has now begun.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “I am delighted that the next stage of the work to regenerate Hillington Square has started.

“This is an enormously exciting redevelopment that will make a real difference for the residents of Hillington Square and the town as a whole.”

Designers, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway who have worked on the project from the original concepts said:  “Working with the community, the creative team have been developing the designs for the regeneration of Hillington Square for a few years and it’s exciting that this new milestone has been reached and that we will all now start to see things physically happening.  This is the next stage towards a more attractive and more liveable Hillington Square.”

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