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HCA announce £207 million Kickstart funding for 91 projects

The government has announced the first round of Kickstart funding for 91 housing schemes stalled by the recession

The selected schemes from across the UK will benefit from a total £207 million of funding, according to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The money is part of a larger, phased package worth £635 million.

The schemes were chosen from a shortlist of 270, a further 63 from the list are approved pending further consideration.

The list of beneficiaries from the second round of Kickstart funding is scheduled to be announced at the end of November.

‘I am delighted that the HCA has been able to play such a major role in unlocking key housing schemes across the country,’ said Bob Kerslake of the HCA.

A comprehensive list of successful schemes is available here. Selected schemes include:

Ice Plant: Falconer Chester Hall Architects and Stephenson Bell Architects

The £1.7 million Ice Plant scheme in Ancoats, Manchester, uses an existing facade cloaked internally with a separate new build element. It will provide 82 apartments.

‘We’re delighted,’ said Adam Hall of Falconer Chester Hall Architects. ‘The timing couldn’t be more perfect for keeping momentum going in this part of Manchester.’

Waterfront South: Steve Faizey Architects

The £8.5 million Waterfront South development in Walsall town centre, Birmingham, will feature 158 new homes.

Lymington Fields:bptw partnership

The £4.7 million Lymington Fields project in London will help in the regeneration of the area with Kickstart funding will directly delivering 70 homes and unlocking a further 31, according to the HCA.

 

Stonegrove: Jestico + Whiles

The £2.6 million Stonegrove scheme in London is a stalled section of a major estate renewal programme. Kickstart funding will unlock 98 homes for market sale social rent and low cost home ownership, according to the HCA.

 

 

Readers' comments (5)

  • Should we be glad that this much money has been released for housing, or angry that it's been awarded to such a cavalcade of carbuncular crapboxes?

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  • FYI, Watkins Gray International is also working on Lymington Fields, along with bptw.

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  • To James Brown: We should be glad this money has been released, as long as it results in delivery. We can't change people's lives for the better if we don't get on with the job at hand of delivering decent housing at affordable prices to meet the huge demand that still exists. I certainly hope you're not advocating "vanity-tecture" for the sake of your own ego and at the expense of clients/users - get a clue, extravagance and elitist design is so yesterday. I'm sure most of these projects are well-considered, do the job and should be delivered.

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  • To James Brown: We should be glad this money has been released, as long as it results in delivery. We can't change people's lives for the better if we don't get on with the job at hand of delivering decent housing at affordable prices to meet the huge demand that still exists. I certainly hope you're not advocating "vanity-tecture" for the sake of your own ego and at the expense of clients/users - get a clue, extravagance and elitist design is so yesterday. I'm sure most of these projects are well-considered, do the job and should be delivered.

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  • I'm pleased to see this amount of money being released but I would agree with the previous comment that it is essential that this money results in the actual delivery of projects. I am also surprised that the money has gone to some cities that have already had a period of successful regeneration. In Hull we seem to have a large number of stalled projects that appear to have been overlooked. Or is this a case of those in power yet again forgetting about Hull.

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