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HCA Delegation Tours Brent Housing & Social Care PFI Sites

23 Nov 10 Representatives from the London Borough of Brent (LBB), the Hyde Group & Bouygues UK showed delegates from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), the government’s national housing & regeneration agency, what is being delivered as part of the Brent Housing & Social Care PFI project.

The project is to deliver 364 homes for homeless families and 20 care dwellings across the borough. Of the 13 different sites within the project, HCA delegates were shown a selection of five including;

The completed care home at Tudor Gardens

The affordable housing at Empire Way

The soon-to-be-completed sites at Winchelsea Road where a show flat was viewed

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The construction site at Fawood Avenue.

The tour highlighted how Brent Coefficient (BCE) will be bringing quality homes and services to Brent. During the visit to Tudor Gardens, the Care Home Manager Aga Ambroziak told the HCA delegates that staff had witnessed a notable improvement in the demeanour and behaviour of the residents since moving to their new homes.

Maggie Rafalowicz, Assistant Director of Housing and Community Care for the London Borough of Brent, said: “The HCA was very impressed with our schemes and delighted to see the project delivering homes at a time when many other projects have stalled.”

Steve Wicks, Director of Brent Coefficient, said: “We’re very pleased with the excellent progress in the delivery of this exciting project which is testament to the strong partnership between BCE and Brent Council.

“Our underlying purpose at Hyde is to improve the lives of people who live and work in the communities where we have a presence, so we look forward to delivering positive change.”

Bouygues UK, on behalf of BCE, is responsible for designing and building the properties. 57 spacious new affordable dwellings and 15 care dwellings have been delivered to date with the construction of the remaining homes and care units expected to be completed by August 2012.

Speaking at the event, Bouygues UK’s Commercial Director Jean-Pierre Oueini said: “This is a fantastic scheme for the residents of Brent, bringing much-needed affordable housing to the borough. We are very proud of the positive impact the scheme is already having.”

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