Billingham tower blocks given £10m revamp

IMPROVING THE LANDSCAPE: Tristar Homes' Dave Pickard in front of the Tree of Hands sculpture at Kennedy Gardens

IMPROVING THE LANDSCAPE: Tristar Homes' Dave Pickard in front of the Tree of Hands sculpture at Kennedy Gardens

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THREE landmark tower blocks have been given a £10million revamp by housing chiefs.

Kennedy Gardens, in Billingham town centre, has been given an overhaul including interactive lights at the top of each building.

In addition to work on the 225 existing homes, Tristar Homes has also built 12 new apartments and created three new in-demand community rooms.

Tristar, part of the Thirteen Group, also carried out structural repairs, new render, solar panels, insulation and new fire alarm systems.

New interactive lights at the top of each building, which can be programmed into a range of sequences, were switched on at a launch event that was watched by residents and other invited guests.

Tristar Homes executive Dave Pickard said: “Kennedy Gardens has been given a completely new lease of life with fantastic input from tenants to build a development the whole town can be proud of.

“Our regular meetings with people affected by the project have led to a tailor-made site that includes extended balconies with additional living space and mobility scooter rooms, as well as a major landscaping project and feature lighting on the roof.

“This is a development we can all be proud of and one that will make a really positive impact.”

The revamp also included the addition of a sculpture based on residents’ hands called Tree of Hands, plus barrier controlled parking with electric car charging points, and new street lighting.

Stockton Council leader, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “The face of Billingham is continuing to change thanks to ongoing investment from Stockton Council and its partners.”

In January a new £2.7m Library and Customer Service Centre will bring the main library, customer services for the council and Tristar Homes under one roof.

It will also include a cash office and serve as Billingham Town Council’s headquarters.