Following an instruction from Origin Housing Association we undertook a broad brush feasibility study to advise on what works could be undertaken to improve and regenerate one of their flagship estates in Somers Town, Camden, London.
Works put forward were security improvements with raised railings and gates to the main entrances allied with new CCTV security cameras and two stage entry phone systems to the estate and common areas, a new fully integrated TV and data system, renewal of all the remaining original windows to three of the blocks, roof recovering to the same three blocks, renewal of all front entrance doors, replacement of all the kitchens and bathrooms not previously renewed on earlier programmes, complete external redecorations and repairs, upgrading and decorations to common areas and entrance lobbies, improvement and enhancement to external and common area lighting using LED fittings – amongst other things.
The whole process has involved close resident consultation and involvement. The procurement route has been a little complicated and utilises existing frameworks as well as open book tender processes. Works are being phased and delivered to optimise the use of scaffolding whilst adhering to Origin’s annual spend profiles. All works should be finished within three years and present budget estimates are for an outturn cost of circa £7.0 million.