Regeneration project up for major honour

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell and council leader Grant Davey at the Hodgsons Road estate following completion.
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell and council leader Grant Davey at the Hodgsons Road estate following completion.

A housing regeneration project in Blyth has been nominated for an industry award.

The regeneration of Hodgsons Road estate, led by Homes for Northumberland on behalf of Northumberland County Council, has been shortlisted in the regeneration category of the Northern Housing Consortium’s Silver Screen Awards.

The £7.3m project involved the demolition and reconstruction of 54 council houses on the estate.

The new properties were the first major housing development built by the council in 40 years.

A further 234 existing properties were refurbished as part of the project, receiving new roofs, doors and windows.

These were originally built in the 1930s for colliery workers and the renovations are said to have improved the appearance of the area.

Major improvements were also made to the environment and public spaces on the estate, including installing energy efficient street lighting.

Kevin Lowry, managing director of Homes for Northumberland, said: “We’re delighted to be nominated for such a prestigious award.

“We continuously strive to improve the lives of our tenants, and this regeneration project allowed us to transform, and improve the estate for the future.”