On Thursday 18th October 2012, Robert Napier CBE, Chairman of the HCA officially opened Aldwyck’s new development at Kestrel Way, Luton, with a little help from two Kestrels.
Harj Singh, Chief Executive of Aldwyck Housing Group said; “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.”
Kestrel Way provides a mix of 51 affordable, high quality houses and flats. This is comprised of 37 spacious general needs houses, 8 intermediate rent houses and 6 supported living flats. This development was supported by the HCA with over £2m in grant funding and land was provided by Luton Borough Council. The builders for the development were SDC Builders Ltd.
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.
Robert said; “It is great to be here at Kestrel Way on behalf of the HCA 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 and 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.”
Kestrel Way is on the birds estate and so in keeping with the local area a bird display was provided by ‘The Falconry Centre’.