Start of works on the estate regeneration on Paulet Close (Plot 2) at Townhill Park

Works are now underway in Townhill Park on Paulet Close (Plot 2) where contractors have commenced with preliminary works, which include the removal of floor slabs and foundations.

Paulet Close

Left to right: Steve Waite (Hughes and Salvidge), Councillor Satvir Kaur (Cabinet Member for Culture & Homes, Southampton City Council), Kim Ayling (Chair of SO18 Big Local), Will Spong (Hughes and Salvidge)

Demolition contractor, Hughes and Salvidge, were joined by Councillor Satvir Kaur (Cabinet Member for Culture & Homes) and Kim Ayling (Chair of SO18 Big Local) on the site on Paulet Close at the beginning of December to see how works are progressing. The materials arising from the demolition are being crushed and recycled into aggregate before being used on projects across Southampton.

The site previously housed five blocks of residential flats before they were decommissioned and demolished to make way for new council housing as part of Southampton City Council’s landmark estate regeneration of Townhill Park. New homes being built here will form part of the Southampton City Council’s 1,000 council homes programme, that aims to deliver homes local people need that are quality, energy efficient and 100% affordable.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Culture & Homes, said: “The start of works on Paulet Close is an exciting milestone for our Townhill Park regeneration project.

“Despite the challenges that have come with this year’s pandemic, I am pleased that we have delivered on our promise to begin works on this important site that will deliver much needed quality, energy efficient and affordable homes that local people need

“The community are at the heart of this programme and I look forward to our continued work with local residents so that we can create a neighbourhood to be proud of together.”

Some existing residential blocks at Townhill Park have already been decommissioned with further decommissioning work due to take place. Following a request from the local community, the Council has reviewed the current decommissioning timetable and is proposing some changes to the order of the decommissioning. The Council has been seeking views from residents at Townhill Park on the new decommissioning proposals via an online consultation which ends 31 Dec 2020.

Delivered as part of the estate regeneration of Townhill Park, Southampton City Council have also been asking for feedback on a new green space off Meggeson Avenue which is planned to replace three blocks of council flats and the existing play area. Residents and community groups in and around Townhill Park were invited to comment on the design for the new green space through an online survey and sign up to focus groups to help shape different areas of the new green space. The new green space features an outdoor exercise area, children’s enlarged themed play area, and an impressive feature wall, the style of which will be chosen by the community. You can still sign up to one or more of the focus groups on Southampton City Council’s website.

Kim Ayling, Chair of SO18 Big Local, said: “It is great to see the start of works on Plot 2 as the regeneration of Townhill Park progresses. I look forward to welcoming families to our community that will one day be moving into the new homes being delivered here.

“Residents are welcoming the opportunity to take part in the focus groups involved with the various projects within Townhill Park which include the new green space in the heart of our community.”

Southampton City Council also plan to hold a city-wide engagement early 2021 on their ‘Designers’ Manual’. This manual outlines requirements and options for how ‘The Southampton Home’ should be designed and built for partners and contractors of the Council to use as a guide. With the needs of Southampton’s residents changing, the Council are looking to engage with communities to understand aspirations for council homes in the City that are greener, fairer and healthier, and help to build stronger communities and improve the quality of life. More information on the Designers’ Manual and how to get involved will be released soon.