King’s Lynn estate open ‘behind scenes’

Open day at Hillington Square, King's Lynn. ANL-150903-123535001
Open day at Hillington Square, King's Lynn. ANL-150903-123535001
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Some 90 people accepted an invitation to take a peek behind the scenes at the reconstruction of Hillington Square in Lynn.

The event was held last Friday and Saturday as part of the national Open Doors event, which enables members of the public to go behind the scenes at high-profile building projects across the UK, talk to construction professionals and discover more about career opportunities in the industry.

The event at the Freebridge Community Housing estate was hosted by builders Lovell, who are the constructors working on the £30 million project.

Visitors welcomed on to site included students from the College of West Anglia and Lynn’s Springwood High School.

A total of 90 people visited the site during the Open Doors event, with 75 enjoying tours of the latest stage of regeneration work with the Lovell team.

Lovell construction manager Michael Saunders says: “It was fantastic to welcome so many people to Hillington Square. Involving the wider community has been one of the most important and rewarding aspects of this major regeneration programme.”

Work began in summer 2013 on the four-year transformation programme at Hillington Square which includes kitchen and bathroom replacements for the estate’s 320 flats, as well as window and door renewals, insulation work and other improvements such as external cladding, rebuilding of balconies and walkways, construction of new staircases, installation of secure entrances and new lifts and remodelling of garages.

Lovell recently began work on the second phase of the regeneration of Hillington Square at Valentine House and Thompson House which includes the refurbishment of 48 flats and the demolition of the walkway which joins Chestnut to Thompson House.