The regeneration of Dee Park is approaching another important milestone with the launch of Phase 2, which will see a further 106 brand new homes built on the estate.
Council press release:
On Monday 9th July, senior representatives of Dee Park Partnership, together with Jo Lovelock, Leader of Reading Borough Council, councillors, community groups, pupils from Ranikhet School and residents, will gather to witness the demolition of a vacant block of flats on Spey Road, marking the beginning of work on this new phase.
Phase 2 will provide 85 homes for affordable rent for existing residents and 21 new homes for private sale. The surrounding landscape will be transformed with improvements to roads and footpaths and the filling in of an unsightly underpass.
The £150 million eight year project to transform Dee Park started in spring 2010 and is being led by Dee Park Partnership, a joint venture between Willmott Dixon and Catalyst Housing, in partnership with Reading Borough Council.
Construction of 264 homes, including 124 affordable homes, in the first phase is well advanced and many residents and newcomers to the estate are already living in the high quality new homes.
Councillor Jo Lovelock, chair of the Dee Park Neighbourhood Board and leader of Reading Borough Council, says: 'This marks another important landmark in the regeneration and will enable more families to move from the remaining 60s flats into decent homes. We also appreciate that residents are having to put up with the disruption that building work inevitably brings, but hope that the demolition will show that things are moving forward.'
Andrew Sinclair, Project Director for Dee Park Partnership, comments: 'The regeneration is really starting to take shape and people visiting Dee Park are surprised by the significant change. We are delighted to be starting work on this new phase, which is another great step forward.'
Deputy Chair of CRAG, Ken Barnett, said: "On behalf of the CRAG committee we are delighted that the next phase of the regeneration is at last starting. This shows all residents of the Dee Park estate that, although it may not look nice at the moment, the eye sore of empty flats will soon be gone and we will all see the new houses going up. "