Redevelopment isn’t just about demolishing homes and building new ones. Redevelopment projects are about creating sustainable and vibrant communities where people want to live and work.
When our Kidwells Estate in Maidenhead became outdated and fell short of the Government’s Decent Homes Standard, we applied to redevelop the estate.
The original Kidwells Close, built in the 1960s, was the first signficant development from what would later become One Housing so it was an important landmark in our history. It had 84 medium-rise flats across seven blocks that, typically for this era, were not well insulated or energy efficient. In 2009, One Housing was granted planning permission to regenerate the estate. The redevelopment involved three phases; the first two prioritised redeveloping the homes of existing residents. This meant temporarily moving residents locally to allow construction work to begin on their homes. Once finished residents would be moved back in stages. The third and final stage focused on the 93 properties for private sale.
The redevelopment has created 204 homes. Residents now benefit from new outdoor communal areas for social activities, landscaped gardens and private amenity spaces which will help build on the diverse residential community.
In May 2016, we celebrated completing the new Kidwells Close by holding an event bringing together residents, councillors, development partners and One Housing staff involved in the scheme.
At the event we spoke with resident Alan Ricketts and his wife who’ve lived at Kidwells Close for over 50 years. Alan said:
“We were one of the first residents to move here. It took a little while to adjust. When you’ve lived somewhere for a long time you get used to it and call it home, but this is my home now and I love it. I live in Avon House with my wife and son; he was one of the first babies born here and he still lives with us to this day. When we first moved in, there were a few teething problems but you expect that with a new build and One Housing were there to help us. I much prefer my new home to my old one. The community has changed since and it’s not quite the same but we’re on track to getting it back; we’ve got a community centre where we run activities such as coffee mornings and bingo sessions (first Friday of the month) and we encourage all residents to come.”