Multi-million pound transformation of Coventry estate up for national award

The £6.5million transformation of a Coventry estate has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award as work nears completion.

Our regeneration of Manor Farm Estate, in partnership with Coventry City Council and contractor Lovell, saw nearly 300 of our homes get a much-needed revamp; including new external wall insulation, structural repairs, new windows and doors, new roofs and landscaping work. Coventry City Council also delivered new pavement and road layouts to support the transformation.

We are completing the work as part of our Spirit Quarters regeneration project and the transformation of the estate has been shortlisted in the final of the SHIFT Awards – national awards which recognise outstanding sustainability projects.

We have done work on 292 of our homes and also managed to secure a £500k grant to fund improvement work for 50 private home owners in the community.

It is estimated that the average yearly fuel bill for people living on the estate will fall significantly as a result of the work.

Tracey Galvin, a WM Housing tenant who lives on Manor Farm Estate, said: “My husband and I have been raising our family here for nearly six years and it’s really good to see the work that has been done. We had external improvements made to our property, including insulation, new windows and doors which has made it look better and our gas and electricity bills are cheaper. The estate is looking great now and it’s really refreshing to see it all so nice and clean.”

Kevin Roach, Director of Regeneration at WM Housing, said: “We are delighted to be nearing the completion of the transformation work to Manor Farm Estate, which has made a massive improvement to the area.

“This project was a great partnership with our contractor Lovell and Coventry City Council and continues the excellent progress we are making with our Spirit Quarters regeneration – which will see major improvements to large parts of the city.

“We’re so pleased to see this work recognised as part of these prestigious awards.”

Richard Osborne, Director of Property Services at WM Housing, said: “This has been a unique scheme for us and a lot of hard work has gone into delivering this partnership project.

“Working closely with Lovell and Coventry City Council we have made significant improvements to nearly 300 homes in the community; breathing new life into the area and making the homes more energy efficient and more comfortable for our residents.

“I’d like to thank the residents of Manor Farm Estate for working with us while the work has been in progress.”

Councillor Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member Housing and Communities, and local ward councillor, said: “This work in Manor Farm shows just how much can be achieved when everyone – local people, Whitefriars, the council and contractor – all work together. People who live in social housing deserve to live in a well maintained home and some of these improvements like the energy efficiency work will help to reduce heating bills which will save them some money too.”

Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale comments: “It’s very rewarding  to see this significant transformation of homes at the Manor Farm estate coming to fruition. The success of the programme has been down to the close collaboration, expertise and hard work of the partners and, crucially, the support of the people living on the estate. To have the project highlighted by this important national awards scheme is a further bonus and a real achievement for everyone involved.”

Councillor Ed Ruane, Councillor Kevin Maton, representatives from Lovell, resident Sam Gregory with Poppy Wetherit, WM Housing Director of Regeneration Kevin Roach, resident Tracy Galvin, WM Senior Building Surveyor Leon Williams, Councillor Pat Seaman, WM Housing Engagement and Involvement Officer Donna Milliner and WM Housing Building Surveyor Paul Kerby.