Demolition Clears the Way for new Community Centre

Thurso Close Demolition in Progress, Dee Park

DEMOLITION works are clearing the way for the construction of a new community centre in Dee Park, Tilehurst.

Contractor J.Mould (Reading) is in the process of demolishing six blocks of flats in Thurso Close where the new centre will be provided.

Dee Park has been undergoing a £150m regeneration for the past seven years and the provision of a new community facility is the latest phase of construction.

The scheme is being led by Dee Park Partnership (DPP) – a joint venture between Wilmott Dixon and Catalyst – in partnership with Reading Borough Council. The estate is being revitalised with new homes for private sale and for affordable rent and with associated infrastructure and landscaping.

The need for a community centre has always been a very important part of the regeneration. The aim is to provide a flexible space with meeting rooms and a hall which can be used by residents’ groups, an area for community services, a commercial kitchen and an outdoor space. DPP is aiming to submit a planning application for the centre later in the year.

Councillor Jo Lovelock, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Dee Park Project Board, said:

“I am sure residents will be pleased to see the regeneration of Dee Park moving forward and these old blocks of flats being demolished.

“These works are a positive step as they will clear the way for a much-needed modern community centre which can be used by local residents, groups and organisations.”

Victor Clinton-Dove, Director of Development at Catalyst, said on behalf of DPP:

“We have made great progress with the regeneration of Dee Park and we are really looking forward to beginning this next stage of the project.

On behalf of Catalyst, Mr Clinton-Dove said:

“Community centres across all our neighbourhoods act as a focal point for the area, where  residents can interact with each other and enjoy the many different activities and services on offer. It will also provide a place for us to interact with the community face-to-face.”

Phase 2 of Dee Park regeneration saw the 500th family moving into a new home on the estate and the project has also provided extra-care home Oak Tree House for older residents, new sports facilities for Ranikhet Academy, a convenience store and a local Neighbourhood Office for residents.

Notes to Editor:

Dee Park Partnership

Dee Park Partnership (DPP), a joint venture between Catalyst and Willmott Dixon, has been regenerating the Dee Park housing estate in partnership with Reading Borough Council for the past seven years. The £150 million regeneration will, when complete, have delivered more than 700 new homes and a number of new community facilities.

Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 21,000 rented and shared-ownership homes.

We are experts in placemaking and developing tenure-blind neighbourhoods, with a strategy in place that will see us build 1,000 homes a year by 2020. Our approach to creative design, effective urban planning and high quality development is underpinned by our long-term interest in our neighbourhoods. By adopting a stewardship role, we ensure that the places we help to create are well maintained, look great and remain desirable places to live. A prime example of Catalyst’s work is our flagship regeneration project in North Kensington, Portobello Square.

Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon is one of UK’s largest privately-owned contracting, residential development and property support companies, with a turnover of more than £1 billion. Across the country Willmott Dixon teams work closely with our partners and local people to deliver sustainable developments and effective services.

It is the UK’s only carbon neutral construction and support services company and was the first major contractor and developer to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Sustainable Development. It is also recognised for outstanding investment in communities with a CommunityMark from Business in the Community. Its sister company Be is a major developer of homes for sale and rent.

Oscar Mortali

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