Birmingham Ley Hill wins regeneration award

Birmingham City Council has today won the National Home Improvement Council Award 2007 for the £45m regeneration of the Ley Hill estate in Northfield.Councillor John Lines, cabinet member for Housing and Elaine Elkington, acting strategic director Housing & Constituencies accepted the award for 'the best brownfield or recycled building project' on behalf of the city council.

The Ley Hill regeneration scheme has seen the transformation of a former local authority owned estate into a new sustainable mixed tenure neighbourhood with over 450 new homes built.

In autumn 2000, working with local residents, councillors and a range of agencies the city council was able to respond to the major problems of low demand and poor housing conditions in the area by making the decision for major change and remodelling, which has seen nearly 700 non-traditional homes (predominantly high and low rise flats) demolished and replaced with high quality family homes to meet the changing needs of the community.

Midland Heart was selected as the housing developer in 2001.

Mark Tranter, head of regeneration at Midland Heart said: ""Midland Heart worked in partnership with Birmingham City Council and the local residents to regenerate the Ley Hill scheme over the last five years and we are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our achievements.

"As an organisation, which is passionate about transforming local communities, we recognise the importance of working with Ley Hill residents who have been involved throughout the whole redevelopment process. Ley Hill is recognised as a flagship, mixed tenure, residential scheme for which Midland Heart share the pride of the local community."

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