In 2017 an independent stock condition survey was carried out and suggested that Alice Shepherd House and Oak House may benefit from change.
By 2018 we found that this view was supported by feedback gathered from residents during our day-to-day work as a landlord and through resident events. Alice Shepherd House has several long-standing maintenance issues that would be difficult to fully repair without considerable and invasive work to the entire building. Residents also told us that they have ongoing concerns about anti-social behavior and security. This led us to consider these two blocks for regeneration.
In March 2019 the Regeneration Team within One Housing reached out to residents to start the conversation of finding out what they liked and disliked about their properties and the surrounding area and a residents ‘getting to know you’ survey was completed to note resident’s views. This feedback helped us understand the issues that were most important, so that when we started drawing up ideas for the next stages of consultation, we could keep the aspects residents liked, and address those they did not.
The next step was that residents appointed a steering group of tenants and leaseholders from across the two blocks. All volunteers, that are committed to making sure residents are at the heart of any possible regeneration.
The steering group then went on to appoint:
PRP Architects LLP
PRP pride themselves on creating homes that people want to live in, spaces people want to sit, play and spend time in, and high-quality environments that are easy to maintain and manage. PRP welcome the opportunity to work with us and you in transforming your estate into a place that enhances the lives of everyone.
An independent advisor
Lee Page from TPAS, who will work with residents and One Housing to complete the options appraisal.
A residents’ advocate
Former CEO of Tower Hamlets Community Housing, Mike’s role is to represent and support residents throughout the option appraisal process.
An ‘options appraisal’ is a process where we explore the different options for change with residents and assess them on a range of factors including their popularity, costs, benefits and how they meet planning policy.