Castlefields Regeneration

Project name: Castlefields, Runcorn

Client: Halton Borough Council

Scope: Complete demolition of over 1,000 deck-access flats

Duration: Over a decade

Completion: 2016

Creating a vibrant, regenerated community with a sustainable future

The Bradley Group are proud to play an important part in the first steps of regeneration projects; having been involved in many multi-million pound schemes.

A redevelopment we have been involved with for over a decade is Castlefields in Runcorn, Merseyside. Castlefields had become synonymous with economic, environmental and social deprivation, crime and poor housing. The key delivery vehicle has been the Castlefields Regeneration Partnership comprising of Halton Borough Council, two local housing associations and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). A comprehensive masterplan was developed in consultation with the local community consisting of a programme of over 50 individual projects to improve the physical, environmental, social and economic wellbeing of the area. We kick-started the estate’s regeneration by demolishing over 1,000 of the large, imposing deck-access flats to make way for modern affordable new homes. This was undertaken as a rolling programme of demolition – relocating residents from the deck-access properties and assisting with site preparation and remediation. The £150 million pound project for the estate’s redevelopment has won a number of awards.

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Castlefields Regeneration Partnership

The Partnership was established to tackle serious decline and deprivation. Partners have invested over £100 million and the Partnership has:

  • Delivered a community-led masterplan of over 50 individual projects
  • Demolished 1,280 unpopular deck-access flats
  • Created 950 new mixed tenure homes
  • Undertaken an eco-makeover and refurbishment over 300 two storey homes
  • Completed an £11 million Village Square community hub, including: new shops, community centre, health centre, public square and improved public transport routes
  • Opened an 8 hectare £2.6 million public park – Phoenix Park; with a community café, children’s play area, skateboard and BMX area and a climbing boulder
  • Embraced innovation through modern methods of construction
  • Engaged local people through creative consultation, arts projects and events
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