Ongo has completed the final phase of its Westcliff regeneration project, bringing the housing provider’s total number of homes to 10,000.
The Arc also includes a cafe, Little Owls nursery, youth zone, enterprise zone, and a Post Office.
Several new businesses have sinced opened, including a Tesco store, Coop Pharmacy, fish-and-chip shop, and beauty salon.
Demolition to make way for these buildings began back in 2018, with GS Kelsey hired as the main contractor for The Arc and TG Sowerby Developments Ltd for the homes.
The homes themselves comprise a mix of two- and three-bed houses, two-bed bungalows, and two specialist three-bed wheelchair bungalows – with tenants now all moved in.
Commenting on the completion of the development, Ongo CEO Steve Hepworth said: “The area was in need of time and investment, and we’re pleased to say it has been completely transformed.
“It’s brought a new sense of pride to the community in Westcliff, and it has certainly been one of the biggest highlights for Ongo since it was formed in 2007.
“We want those living in the area to know that, although this development is coming to an end, we are not leaving Westcliff behind, and our work will still continue within The Arc and the community.
“Thank you to everyone for making the journey so special, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for people on the estate.”
Ongo maintains a large presence within the Westcliff estate, from housing officers tackling anti-social behaviour and Lettings team members helping people find a home, to youth mentors running activities for children and events that help tackle social isolation and inclusion.
Staff also provide training, employment support and advice to people in the area.
Main image: Ongo CEO Steve Hepworth cuts the ribbon to mark the completion of the organisation’s £9m westcliff development. Credit: Richard Walker/ImageNorth
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