Development Agency Role
Blackpool Housing Company provide a Development Agency service to Blackpool Council. Through a Project Management function this service focuses on enabling and delivering major housing-led regeneration projects across the town. Current focus is on the delivery phase of Foxhall Village and Queens Park. In addition, this function provides a range of services including project identification, support, feasibility, enabling and delivery, where a project is being managed through to physical completion by the Company on behalf of the Council
The scheme masterplan secures the redevelopment of the Queens Park estate in the Brunswick Ward. The estate previously consisted of 495 units of accommodation, including five high-rise tower blocks and 12 deck-access maisonette blocks, which have now all now demolished. The redevelopment will provide a total of 191 new high-quality social rented homes, delivered in two phases by the preferred developer; Lovell Partnerships Ltd. Phase One was completed and occupied in 2015. Work on Phase Two is progressing and will provide the remaining 99 new homes, public open space and children’s play space.
The project management role requires co-ordination of activities with key stakeholders including Blackpool Council, Blackpool Coastal Housing, the HCA and the Contractor. Phase 2 works commenced with the demolition of the remaining maisonette blocks and explosive demolition of the three remaining tower blocks in July 2016. Current activity is focused on delivery of the Phase 2 homes and the amenity improvements to the adjacent Layton Recreation Ground
The Foxhall Village scheme is delivering housing-led regeneration across 7.69 hectares of land at Rigby Road, in the Bloomfield Ward. The scheme is split over two sites of brownfield land, divided by Seasiders Way. This large scale development is being taken forward under a masterplan to deliver around 400 homes, with green infrastructure, over four phases to 2022. The new homes are being delivered by Hollinwood Homes and their main contractor Marcus Worthington Construction, in partnership with Blackpool Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. The development includes a mix of social rented homes, which are available through Great Places Housing Group, and homes for market sale.
The scale and complexity of the project requires co-ordination of multiple stakeholders on behalf of our client, Blackpool Council, including the Developer, HCA and Great Places. Current Project Management activity is focused on facilitation to ensure delivery of enabling works that support the main housing scheme