New homes on North Bransholme among Britain's best
A SCHEME transforming about 1,200 homes in north Bransholme is in line for a national award.
Riverside, which took over housing from Hull City Council in 2011, has been praised for its multi-million pound regeneration of the estate.
Now, it has been shortlisted from more than 220 entries for Regeneration and Renewal magazine's Best Use of Housing in Regeneration prize.
Since the estate was transferred, 1,184 homes in north Bransholme have been developed and tenants have said it has transformed the estate.
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Councillor Anita Harrison, of the North Carr Area Team, said: "The regeneration is fantastic for the area and it is something we can all be proud of.
"It has been a huge team effort to secure this scheme and Riverside has managed the project extremely well.
"A lot of people have put a lot of time and hard work into the project and now we are beginning to see the rewards. This is just what this area needs.
"It just shows what the determination and commitment of people can do. It is an extremely exciting time for everyone in north Bransholme."
Cllr Harrison said Riverside were the stand out developers.
"The plans Riverside had for the area were amazing," she said.
"They not only concentrated on the housing regeneration but increasing employment opportunities and improving environmental issues."
Riverside has put over £8.5 million into North Bransholme and has brought more than 560 properties up to the Decent Homes Standard, ensuring homes are warm and weatherproof.
It has also pledged over £5,000 to community groups and created more than 100 employment opportunities for local people.
Carol Matthews, Riverside's chief executive, said: "We are delighted to be in the running for the award which recognise the role we play in improving the physical, economic and social prospects of the neighbourhoods we operate in."
Riverside set out a five year, £15 million refurbishment plan in November 2011.
It has secured planning permission for the first new builds in north Bransholme in 40 years, reflecting a renewed confidence in the area.
Over the next four years, Riverside will invest a further £8 million to bring another 50 boarded up properties back into use and build 54 new properties.