Accent worked closely with South Cambridgeshire District Council and a local resident panel to redevelop the Swifts, in Fulbourn near Cambridge, demolishing 159 poor quality homes and replacing them with 257 energy-efficient and environmentally friendly affordable homes for rent and sale.
The demolished homes were built in 1966 from precast concrete, with an expected lifespan of just 40 years. By the late 1990s, structural problems were evident; additionally, the homes were poorly insulated, making them expensive for residents to heat and maintain.
To ensure disruption was kept to a minimum, redevelopment was phased over eight years. The timber framed homes were fitted with energy-efficient heating systems and were available for both rent, shared ownership and outright sale. Accent offered discounts on the shared ownership homes to residents with local connections, helping to keep them affordable and the community sustainable.
As part of the £35M redevelopment, Accent funded a number of local community projects for education, transport, the community hall and library, public amenities and open space.