Landmark local regeneration project completes

The £50m Stanwell New Start regeneration project was completed earlier this year and is breathing new life into the post-war estate.
Stanwell New Start photo
Local Mayor, Cllr Jean Pinkerton is joined by members of the regeneration team including Darrell Mercer, Chief Executive at A2Dominion Group (front left) and Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council (centre).
Back in 2008, A2Dominion Group and Spelthorne Borough Council agreed a comprehensive physical regeneration of the area and a programme of community investment initiatives which started construction in May 2009.

The project has since delivered 326 properties including 98 affordable rent, 18 shared ownership and 166 privately owned homes - with more than half of the new homes being affordable tenure, exceeding the borough’s policy requirements.

There is now also a well-used community centre and a 44-room extra care facility for older residents, called Chestnut Court. Eight public open spaces have been enhanced to provide play parks, a multi-use games area and landscaped squares.

Ian Cox, Chair of the Board at A2Dominion Group, said:“A2Dominion has a long history of working in this area and we are very proud to have worked with the council and our partners to bring the regeneration of Stanwell through to completion. We now own and manage more than 7,000 homes in borough and we’re committed to continuing to deliver homes for Spelthorne in the future, including in Ashford where we’ve recently purchased the 10-acre Brooklands College town centre site, to create more than 350 new homes.”

The Mayor, Cllr Jean Pinkerton, said:“This project has been instrumental in replacing prefabricated houses and 1970s construction apartment blocks that were no longer suitable for residents to live in. The community centre provides a venue, in which a variety of activities can take place, for all ages of the community. Engagement with the community has been key throughout every stage of this project, both the Council and A2Dominion Group listened to what people wanted and tried to incorporate their wishes in to each of the phasing designs.”

To mark the end of construction, those who have been heavily involved in delivering the objectives, met at the Stanwell Rose Community Centre on 2 July and took the opportunity to revisit what the project has achieved.