Wombwell in Barnsley had a large number of apartments for young people which became a source of anti-social problems.
The solution, hastened by the poor state of the homes, was to demolish the apartments. This left a number of empty sites within the council estate. Joe Bvumburai then working as Head of Development at Yorkshire Housing brokered a deal with the council to bring in new funding to replace some of the lost apartments.
A difficult consultation process culminated in locating the new developments on three different sites. The age group of the tenants in one instance was restricted to 40+ all in effort to create the right type of tenants.
The design was initially frowned upon by stake holders and neighbours but on competition many changed their minds in admiration. In order to save time and meet given deadlines the Contract was awarded to Bramall Construction, part of the Keepmoat Group.
The scheme comprising 31 x 2 Bedroomed apartment has no gas supply but features air source heat pumps for space heating. Air source is one renewable technologies and is said to be 300% more cost effective than gas boilers.
The land was made available at a discount by Barnsley Council
- Role played by Joe Bvumburai
- Secured Yorkshire Housing as a selected Regeneration Partner in this area of Barnsley
- Consultation with Barnsley Council, Community Leaders and Stakeholders
- Manage Project Manager working on the scheme
- Manage relationships with the Barnsley Council and Stakeholders
- Initial HCA liaison & grant applications
- Post construction consultation with tenants
Owner: Yorkshire Housing Ltd
Enabler: Barnsley Council
Architects: Bramhall Blenkarn
Contractor: Bramall Construction
Employer’s Agents: F + G