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Tuesday22 July 2014

Mae Architects wins planning for King's Lynn housing

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The 350-home estate regeneration will see some parts of the town’s Hillington Square complex demolished and the flats upgraded

Mae Architects has won planning approval for its 350-home estate regeneration scheme in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, for client Freebridge Community Housing.

The scheme will see some parts of the town’s Hillington Square complex demolished, the flats upgraded and the whole site opened up to tackle crime and integrate the estate with the rest of the town. Public realm areas are being re-landscaped by Neil Tully Associates.

Working closely with the existing residents, Mae developed a design that responds to their concerns about privacy, security, quality of building fabric and the value of local amenities.
Internal improvements are to include new kitchens and bathrooms, while externally there will be private access for the ground floor bedsits, landscaped communal areas, and new stair towers.

Different colours will also be used to give the blocks their own identities and street names reintroduced so the flats feel like part of the town.

The plans also include an equipped play area, some raised beds where vegetables can be grown and the removal of passageways to give people more privacy.

Alex Ely of Mae said: “Planning approval represents a huge milestone to delivering long-term positive change to this part of King’s Lynn. We’ve worked hard to design a great scheme that will help improve the lives of residents and regenerate Hillington Square and we welcome the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk’s support.”

Work is due to start at the end of this year and will be phased over a number of years.

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