Coast & Country and developer Southdale have marked the first residents moving in to their new homes at Hummersea Hills, Loftus – the £22m housing regeneration project – with an auspicious ceremony which involved the burial of a time capsule.
The capsule was filled with items representing what life is like in 2012 and includes memorabilia donated by pupils from Hummersea Primary School. It has been buried to mark the first phase of completed homes at the new Loftus development. The capsule’s contents include a school uniform, photographs and a film of the pupils putting together the capsule along with a montage of what the pupils think Loftus will look like in 50 years’ time.
The first homes to be completed include 12 bungalows and eight shared ownership houses, which make up part of the 123 homes in Phase 1 of the development which is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Iain Sim, Coast & Country Chief Executive, said: “The pupils from Hummersea Primary have played an important role in marking the completion of the first homes. We worked closely with the school from the outset of this programme, and the pupils took part in a competition to find a new name for the area and so it’s a pleasure to continue to work with them on the time capsule.
“The area is being completely transformed throughout this exciting regeneration programme, which will enhance the entire community, making it a highly sought after place to live.
“This is a significant development for Loftus and the surrounding area and, therefore, it is important to mark the completion of the first homes at Hummersea Hills with the burial of a time capsule.”
One of the new residents, Monica Devereux, 89, of Great Charles Gardens, said: “I lived on the former Westfield estate and have now moved into my new bungalow at Hummersea Hills which is much more modern and up-to-date.
“All my guests have been thoroughly impressed by my new home, even the local priest said he wanted to live in one of the new properties.”
Phase 1 of of Hummersea Hills will see 50 homes for rent with a further 30 sold on a shared ownership basis through times4 homes, Coast & Country’s sales division. An additional 43 properties will be sold by Circa, Southdale’s private
Outdated properties at Westfield, which fell below today’s standards, are being replaced with high quality two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom bungalows.
The regeneration of Hummersea Hills also involves creating a more open and accessible development with improved car parking to the homes, better road layouts and a greatly enhanced overall living environment.
The homes incorporate eco-friendly design and technology that will ensure they are energy-efficient, have a low carbon footprint and are cost-effective for residents to run.
Other benefits to the wider Loftus community include the creation of much needed employment and apprenticeship opportunities, which Coast & Country and Southdale are providing for local people.
Paul Moore, Southdale Managing Director, said: “Southdale has forged a strong relationship with Coast & Country, which sees the revitalisation of a close-knit community through the construction of high quality, energy efficient and modern family homes.
“There will be a huge difference to the quality of life experienced by local residents who will see substantial improvements to the surrounding landscape and layout of the estate.”
The scheme’s first phase has received £3.9m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The total development of Hummersea Hills comprises the demolition of 286 properties to make way for about 300 new homes, which will be a mix of apartments, houses and bungalows ranging from two to four bedrooms which are available for outright sale, affordable rent and shared ownership.
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