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HCA Chairman opens Luton’s new housing scheme

Published date : 22 October 2012

HCA Chairman Robert Napier got Kestrel Way in Luton off to a flying start when he officially opened the 51-home scheme on Thursday accompanied by the real thing - two kestrel birds of prey. 

Kestrel Way is the latest affordable housing scheme being delivered by Aldwyck Housing Group in partnership with the HCA and Luton Borough Council. It provides a mix of 51 affordable, high quality houses and flats including 37 spacious general needs houses, 8 intermediate rent houses and 6 supported living flats. 

The development received investment of £2m from the HCA and land was provided by Luton Borough Council. The builders for the development were SDC Construction Group.

Robert Napier said:

“It is great to be here to celebrate the work achieved between Aldwyck, Luton Borough Council and the HCA. There are many special aspects to this project including the striking design, good space standards of the homes and the supported housing element which is helping those with learning disabilities to remain independent in their own home. There is also the excellent work Aldwyck are doing to support young people in training and employment - all of which makes for an attractive and sustainable community within Luton.”

Harj Singh, Chief Executive of Aldwyck Housing Group added:

“We are proud of this development and all it has allowed us to achieve; providing much needed affordable homes in Luton and opportunities for rolling placements for over 20 students who worked on-site gaining experience in a variety of construction trades including bricklaying, carpentry, plastering and painting to increase their employment prospects both now and in the future.”

Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, also attended the event and said a few words about the importance of working in partnership with housing associations for the residents of Luton.

Kestrel Way is on the birds estate and so in-keeping with the local area a bird display was provided by ‘The Falconry Centre’.

Photo Caption: (l-r) Robert Napier (HCA); Richard Broomfield (Aldwyck Housing Group); Hazel Simmons (Leader of Luton Borough Council); Greg Lomax and Harj Singh (both Aldwyck Housing Group)

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