Bedford tower blocks to be transformed

bpha’s multi-million pound plan to improve a tower block in Bedford has got the green light. We’ve received planning permission from the council to improve Ashburnham Court, a 55-home building in the town centre.

The plans mark the first step of our long-term Vista project - a regeneration programme which will bring improvements to 856 tower block homes across six sites in Bedford, improving the quality of life for the people who live there. The first phase involves the transformation of homes, communal areas and outdoor spaces at Ashburnham Court, Bury Court and Brickhill.

Residents involved in creating plans

The planning application for Ashburnham Court involved input from residents through engagement events. The building will benefit from a completely new external fabric, with substantial insulation and thermal efficiency upgrades. Internal and external communal areas will also be significantly improved, and the refurbishment will ensure the longevity and sustainability of the building.

Bury Court and Brickhill are also set to have similar plans submitted to Bedford Borough Council. This will ensure the 1960s-built blocks continue to be fit for purpose into the future. At Bury Court, there is also the potential to increase the number of affordable homes on the site.

“We are delighted to be investing in and improving our tower blocks in Bedford town centre.”

Julie Wittich, bpha’s Executive Director of Assets, said: “We are delighted to be investing in and improving our tower blocks in Bedford town centre. Discussions with our residents at Ashburnham Court have helped us to identify the key areas to focus on and will not only help to ensure the longevity of the building, but also improve its energy efficiency for the benefit of our customers and for future generations in line with our environmental strategy.”

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