Cutting the ribbon

Completion of Kingfisher House, John Barker Place

We recently marked the completion of Kingfisher House, the first phase of the regeneration of John Barker Place for settle. Work began in February 2021, with this first phase providing 37no, 1 bedroom, retirement-living apartments and 2 ground floor commercial units housing a takeaway and a supermarket (for an existing business from the estate to be re-located).

Alongside key personnel from settle, we were delighted to welcome the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation Kate Henderson, leader of North Herts District Council, Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg, councillors Ian Albert and Nigel Mason, and chair of the resident steering group, Nadine to the event ahead of residents moving into their new homes.

We need more projects that are driven for the community and by the community like what has been delivered here I think that is the legacy that John Barker Place gives us. We’ve created a space with communal areas so people can have that sense of community, and it links to the community centre, the playground and Swinburne Avenue. This is the sort of genuinely affordable housing that I hope we see more of.

Cllr. Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg, leader of North Herts Council

This regeneration scheme is a brilliant example of leveling up in action delivered by settle in partnership with the community, council and local partners.

In looking at this development and learning about its working – it really feels like you started with what’s important to the community. Residents want to feel safer, happier and prouder about where they live, that should be the starting point for all regeneration.

The new building is a great investment in the community. It also follows a genuine partnership approach and community engagement, which are important to making developments like this work. It takes determination to build a great place and to do this you need resilience, creativity, adaptability and grit. I can see all of that here.

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation