This development is the largest regeneration project currently underway in Kings Lynn and involves the transformation of a residential estate built in the 1960’s. The site covers 2.5 hectares and is located close to the town centre and adjacent the River Great Ouse in a deprived and rundown corner of the town.
The project involves extensive internal and external renovation of 320 flats, in residential blocks of three, four and five storeys in height. The buildings have been modernised to improve the energy performance and standard of living for the residents as well as providing an improved sense of belonging, safety and community. The project also includes the remodelling of the entire estate layout incorporating high quality urban spaces with the aim of preventing the anti-social behaviour which had become an unfortunate feature of life there.
As well as winning the housing category in the Architects Journal Retrofit awards, the project was also the winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) East of England Regional Planning Achievement Awards. The judges commented: “This was indeed a challenge to refurbish a 1967-71 ”slab block” development, located only five minutes’ walk from the town centre. There was excellent community involvement in regenerating the buildings that could so easily have been demolished. There has been broad involvement of design professionals ensuring increased accessibility and considerable detail”.
The project was also awarded the RICS East of England Award for Regeneration 2019. The RICS judges commended the team behind this project as at only two thirds of the way through its overall redevelopment, the benefits to the local residents and surrounding community can be seen already.