New milestone in Castlefields regeneration

28.03.2013

Partners in Castlefields regeneration gathered this week to mark another milestone in the area’s transformation, the start of works by Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, to take down the last of the Group's deck-access flats at Shepherd’s Row.

Partners in Castlefields regeneration gathered this week to mark another milestone in the area’s transformation, the start of works by Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, to take down the last of the Group's deck-access flats at Shepherd’s Row.

Representatives from Plus Dane and Halton Borough Council gathered to watch the demolition get underway at the site, over 10 years on since regeneration work first started in the area. 

Plus Dane Group has been working as part of the Castlefields Regeneration Partnership, which also includes Halton Borough Council, The Homes and Communities Agency and Liverpool Housing Trust, to invest in creating new homes, bright new public space and new opportunities for residents in Castlefields.

Since regeneration work began in Castlefields in 2002, Plus Dane has demolished 8 unpopular and unattractive deck access blocks containing 432 flats and built nearly 400 new high quality affordable homes in the area. The Group also led the development of the £11m new Village Square which was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent in November last year. 

Chris Mather, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Plus Dane Group, said:

"To see the last of these buildings come down is another significant milestone for Castlefields. Through a strong partnership approach the area has been completely transformed over the last 10 years and Plus Dane is proud to have been able to play a part in its success. 

"With a thriving new Village Square offering new opportunities for local residents and hundreds of new high quality homes, there is a renewed sense of place for the area and we will continue to build on this in the future." 

Once the final building at Shepherd’s Row has come down, the site will be cleared and grassed over while plans for its future use are put in place. 

Councillor Ronnie Hignett, Executive Board Member for Physical Regeneration said:

"It’s great to see the final Plus Dane deck access block come down. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the partners who have worked alongside local Ward Councillors and residents to transform Castlefields.

"Over the last 10 years over 800 new homes, new park, shops and community facilities have all been built. Far from this demolition signalling the end, investment will continue for many years to come with over 500 mixed tenure homes still planned."