Stepnell completes 36 new residential properties for Slough Urban Renewal
Stepnell has recently completed the construction of thirty-six new houses across six different sites in Slough.
The homes are part of the council’s strategy to turn disused and small sites across the Borough, such as old garages, run down properties, and parcels of land, into attractive homes for people needing social housing.
Stepnell were appointed by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture partnership between Slough Borough Council and Muse Developments, with the purpose of helping to transform the Borough for all who live and work there.
The new homes were the fourth phase of small sites delivered through SUR and have been built by Stepnell and managed by Nikki Grewal from the Council’s Regeneration Delivery Team.
Nikki Grewal, Regeneration Delivery (Property Services) – Contracts Project Officer, Slough Borough Council commented:
“We have taken a series of small parcels of land owned by the Council and used them to provide much needed housing in the Borough, by developing these beautiful homes to provide families with much needed accommodation.
One of the sites at Wentworth Avenue included twelve brand new social housing properties on the site of a redeveloped Ex Servicemen’s club. As part of the new development a modern club has been built with floor to ceiling doors which open out into a large garden. A kitchen, beer cellar, office and toilets have been included for the patrons of the new club house.”
Following a competitive tender, Stepnell were appointed by SUR to construct the new homes which were a mixture of two and three storey houses, using mainly traditional brickwork. Our works also included the construction of associated roads, drainage, external works, services and landscaping.
Andy Howell, General Manager, Slough Urban Renewal commented:
“We are delighted that by working in partnership with the council, we are able to make a real difference to the people of Slough, providing much needed new homes for local people. SUR has been working hard to bring these challenging sites forward and it is very satisfying, with the completion of this phase by Stepnell, to have completed over 100 new affordable homes.
By transforming various small sites, we are improving local communities and contributing to the council’s demand for housing which will benefit all.”
With each of the six small sites located in the centre of existing residential communities, it was crucial to carefully manage logistics and access to the sites and engage with local residents.
Each residential scheme was designed to meet the needs of the area and make the most of the individual setting and natural surroundings, providing much needed high quality homes for local people.
Jamie White, Contracts Manager at Stepnell, said:
“We’re really delighted to have completed thirty six new residential homes across Slough. The national housing shortage is currently a big focus for the construction sector, so helping to expand Slough’s social housing offering is something we’re very proud of and hope to keep doing in the future.”
As part of our commitment to support the local community we targeted the use of local labour and delivered 6 work experience placements for local school children and 6 trainees and trade apprentices were employed as part of the works, gaining valuable experience on the sites.
The site teams also worked closely with local schools, completing small improvements as goodwill gestures and career talks on construction for the students.