Work starts on major regeneration programme in Bletchley

Work starts on major regeneration programme in Bletchley image
Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities and Jonathan Hall, Managing Director of Building South at GRAHAM, cutting the first sod

Work is underway to deliver Milton Keynes’ first regeneration project on the Lakes Estate in Bletchley. The milestone was marked by a sod-cutting ceremony held on 27 February.

GRAHAM has started on site to build almost 200 new council homes, a nursery, community centre and retail space. GRAHAM was appointed under an intensive two-stage tender using the Pagabo major works framework.

The new homes will give Serpentine Court residents high-quality, energy-efficient homes, along with other people waiting for a new council home. The plans are aimed at renewing the Lakes Estate, giving local people a greater sense of belonging and pride in their area.

The initiative has been welcomed by the local community who have worked closely with Milton Keynes City Council to shape the proposals of their future community. Proposals for the Lakes Estate were given planning permission in March 2022, following extensive engagement with the local community which first began in 2017. In a ballot the following year, 93% of voters sought to demolish Serpentine Court and redevelop the estate.

Some wider public realm work has already been completed with four new play parks and improvements to courtyards.

The project is being funded by the city council’s investment of almost £70m and is being topped up by a grant of just under £15m from Homes England.

From L-R: Will Rysdale, Head of Housing Delivery at Milton Keynes City Council and Ben Jones, Head of Delivery for South of England at Pagabo

Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington, said:

“This is a really proud moment for the community. The Lakes Estate is the biggest project in our history and a perfect example of how the community can work with the local council to deliver positive change. Residents are seeing their hard work and dedication turn into reality. I thank everyone for their involvement so far on this vital project which will deliver better life opportunities for generations to come.”

Jonathan Hall, Managing Director of Building South at GRAHAM, said:

“This sod-cutting ceremony marks a landmark moment in the rejuvenation of the Lakes Estate. GRAHAM is delighted to be on site and look forward to building new homes and facilities that will enhance the wellbeing and vitality for the residents and local community. We have significant experience delivering residential developments, having established a strong reputation for high-quality construction. I know our team will work hard to successfully deliver this significant regeneration project for Milton Keynes.”
Team GRAHAM, from L-R: Samantha Carney, Resident Liaison Officer; Rob Joyce, Development Director; Keith McCahon, Senior Project Manager; Jonathan Hall, Managing Director of Building South; Lee Wrycraft, Senior Quantity Surveyor; Ibbie Omideyi, Social Impact Manager; and Steven MacKinder, Head of Social Impact