VIDEO: Second phase of King’s Lynn estate revamp unveiled

Official opening of Valentine Place at Hillington Square. Wayne Hemingway (left) and Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall. ANL-160118-184520009
Official opening of Valentine Place at Hillington Square. Wayne Hemingway (left) and Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall. ANL-160118-184520009
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The second phase of a £30 million redevelopment of a Lynn housing estate has been opened today.

Valentine Place is the latest block of the town’s Hillington Square to be transformed during the partnership between the site’s owners, Freebridge Community Housing, designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and building contractors Lovell.

Official opening of Valentine Place at Hillington Square. LtoR - Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall and Chairman Ray Johnson with Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway ANL-160118-184530009

Official opening of Valentine Place at Hillington Square. LtoR - Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall and Chairman Ray Johnson with Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway ANL-160118-184530009

The ceremony came just days after prime minister David Cameron announced a £140 million investment package for estate regeneration.

And Mr Hemingway told guests: “What we’ve proved here, through fantastic teamwork, bravery from Freebridge, quality from Lovell and patience from the residents, is you can take something that’s fallen on bad times, turn it around and make it a shining light.”

All of the flats in the newly-renovated block have already been let to tenants.

And Freebridge chief executive Tony Hall said it was “fabulous” to see the new-look estate beginning to take shape.

He said: “I didn’t believe for a moment when we began to look at this project that it would come together in the way that it did.

“It took a huge leap of faith for our partners and our board to invest the money and bring back to life what was a fabulous estate back in the 60s.

“It did need some tender loving care and we’re working closely to deliver something that people really wanted.”

Preparations are already underway for the third phase of the scheme, on which work is expected ot begin in April.

The whole project is expected to be completed in 2018.