New Homes in Hampden Crescent

Published: Thursday, 5th January 2017

Kettering Borough Council has unveiled plans for a major refurbishment of one of the town's landmark housing blocks.

As part of the Council’s flagship Homes for the Future scheme, Hampden Crescent in Pipers Hill Ward will be transformed into 18 modern flats - all of which will be supplied by a state of the art communal district heating system.

At a special ceremony shortly before Christmas, councillors joined staff and representatives from both contractors Lovell and Frese to watch the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor James Burton, break the first bricks.

The £1.5 million project will see the building’s 12 three-bed flats restructured into 18 one and two-bed units - a move driven by a continued demand for smaller accommodation. 

Councillor James Burton, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This excellent scheme demonstrates Kettering Borough Council’s commitment to providing decent affordable housing for its tenants. Hampden Crescent is in urgent need of redevelopment and the flats we’re creating will help to meet the need for smaller properties and wheelchair accommodation.”

John Conway, Head of Housing at Kettering Borough Council, said: “The start of our latest Homes for the Future project is an important landmark for the Council. We’re investing in our housing stock to help meet the demand for one and two bedroomed accommodation with an emphasis on improving the energy efficiency of existing council homes to match the standards achieved in new builds.”

Notes for editors
Built in 1927, Hampden Crescent has a number of pressing issues that have created a need for redevelopment. It has solid walls and large rooms, which lead to high energy loss, draughty windows and poor sound transfer. The flats are also poorly configured, and are unattractive to families due to having no gardens or immediate external area.

The remodelling will include the provision of two ground floor flats for disabled tenants, external wall insulation and soundproofing throughout. Future tenants will also have designated parking facilities.
To help tackle the Council’s carbon footprint and cut tenants’ fuel bills, the building’s heating will be supplied by an air source heat pump. Additionally, photovoltaic panels on the roof will supply power for the block’s communal lighting and boiler plant room.