As these photographs show, despite Covid-19 and Brexit, we have been making excellent progress on the scheme. Indeed, the newly completed homes at Landmark have already been shortlisted in a high-profile awards event!
The Swan team are committed to delivering a High Street led scheme and to being transparent with the community as to how long this will take, so we wanted to share an update on the next steps for the scheme.
We are now pausing works onsite as we apply for a new planning permission for the scheme which will authorise:
1. Changes to the highways scheme that are required by Essex County Council
2. Construction of the homes using Steel Framed Modular construction, rather than wood as originally planned, to reflect changes in regulations since we obtained planning consent.
3. A number of design efficiencies as a result of moving to steel-framed construction which may allow us to include additional homes.
We are already working with Basildon Borough Council on this revised planning permission. The team at Swan are also using this pause to try to resolve the negotiations regarding the new medical centre, as despite our best efforts, we have been unable to agree a way forward on this with the parties involved to agree the design of the new centre. If this cannot be agreed, then we will need to consider other options with this part of the plans.
We recognise that this means that both the retailers who are trading from the temporary shops and the local community will have to wait longer for their new High Street. However, we want to reassure everyone that, as soon as we have these matters resolved, we will be making our new planning application.
We will of course be coming out to consult with the community on the revised plans and we hope that so many of you who engaged with us on the first application will do so again.
We really cannot wait to build a fantastic new Laindon Place, with the new High Street, new public spaces and new homes, so we’re asking everyone to please do bear with us whilst we take the time to make sure we get Laindon Place, just right.
You can keep in touch with all the latest updates on progress here on the Laindon Futures website.
The shared ownership homes at Laindon Place – Landmark in Basildon have been shortlisted for an Inside Housing Development Award in the shared ownership category. These awards celebrate the very best residential developments built across the UK over the last two years and, with over 300 entrants, there was stiff competition to make it to the shortlist.
Entries to these awards had to evidence how the developers have considered the location and infrastructure to create a desirable place to live. Constructed by NU living, the 14 shared ownership homes are the first part of the Laindon Place regeneration to be completed. This brownfield site is in an ideal location for development; it sits within the heart of the Essex commuter belt, close to the main C2C railway line with regular trains into central London. It also offers excellent road connections as both the A13 and A127 are just a few minutes’ drive away.
When complete, the Laindon Place scheme will deliver significant improvements to the local infrastructure with a redeveloped high street, Swan’s Essex hub office location and a modern health centre. Set within a cul-de-sac setting the beautiful two-and four- bedroom houses overlook the main regeneration site. Only one property from this scheme currently remains unsold.
Ms. B, one of the first customers to move into one of the new homes, said: “Buying a new house during the Covid-19 pandemic was really stressful but it was worth it and I am really happy with my new home. The location is perfect for me and we have the most incredible view of the area”.
Geoff Pearce, Deputy Chief Executive, Swan Housing Association said: “The Laindon Place regeneration will transform Laindon town centre. Being shortlisted for this award is a big achievement for the team and shows our commitment to transforming Laindon through the delivery of excellent quality homes that people want to live in.”
The finals of the Inside Housing Development Awards will be held in November.
Swan Housing Association has completed the first 14 new homes in the long-awaited Laindon Place regeneration scheme. Known as the Landmark, the beautiful two- and four-bedroom houses are situated within a cul-de-sac setting that overlooks the main regeneration site.
Swan’s Laindon Place regeneration replaces the Laindon Shopping Centre which Swan purchased in 2015 and demolished in 2019 to make way for the new high street. When complete, Laindon Place will be a great place to work, live and shop; it will provide a new regional office for Swan, a variety of retail units, 224 new homes, a new and expanded health centre as well as improved landscaping around Laindon’s historic war memorial.
Ms. B, one of the first people to move into one of the new homes, which were built by Swan’s in house contractor NU living, said: “Buying a new house during the Covid-19 pandemic was really stressful but it was worth it and I am really happy with my new home. The location is perfect for me and we have the most incredible view of the area”.
Geoff Pearce, Deputy Chief Executive, Swan Housing Association said: “This is a huge milestone for the transformation of Laindon Town Centre. The handover of 14 new homes marks the completion of the first phase of our ambitious regeneration. We’ve listened to the local community and worked in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and as a result, when Laindon Place is complete, we know that the area will be transformed into the haven for living, socialising, shopping, and working that the community wanted. We welcome the first new residents to their NU homes!
In remembrance of the sacrifices others have made on our behalf.
Having consulted with local organisers, we have all regrettably decided that the ongoing Covid-19 situation means we cannot safely bring everyone together at Laindon on Remembrance Sunday this year.
We would like to reassure residents that the Cenotaph at Laindon is available for residents to place their usual wreaths and tributes to remember the fallen.
Please follow Government Guidance, particularly around social distancing to help everyone stay safe, whilst you remember those to whom we owe the greatest debt.
From Monday 26 October for three weeks, there will be temporary traffic controls in place on Danacre while drainage works are carried out in the area. Please be aware that there may be some disruption to traffic flow during this time.
At the beginning of 2020 Swan launched the Shaddow Group project for young people living in Laindon. This group, funded by Swan and the Essex Local Delivery Pilot, provides weekly creative workshops for young people at the Laindon Community Centre. The group had just started to explore how to create music, films and podcasts and choreograph dance routines as lockdown stopped them from meeting for their weekly sessions.
The young people were keen to continue with their workshops, so Swan and the Shaddow Group worked with them to provide weekly online assignments that they could work on from the safety of their home. The young people have since created dance routines, songs and theatrical performances which they have shared with the rest of the group.
Pete Morley-Watts, Interim Executive Director – Operations and Customer Experience from Swan Housing said: “It’s been great that, with the help of the Shaddow Group and ELDP we’ve been able to continue during this time. The pandemic has seen many young people suffer from extra anxiety and depression and this group has provided a creative outlet which allows the young people to channel and share their feelings.
The project hasn’t turned out quite as we’d planned, but everyone has worked together to the flexibility to so that the project can continue until everything returns to normal.”
Sam Ofori – Addo, Managing Director, Shaddow Group said “Our Hit Films & Hit Music workshops based in Laindon Community Centre proved to be a playful, educational, joy for all involved. We hope to continue.”
Gurnam Kasbia, Essex Local Delivery Pilot Co-ordinator for Basildon, said: “I think it’s brilliant that the Shaddow Group has made a conscious effort to stay engaged with these young people during lockdown.
We know that the measures put in place to keep people safe during the pandemic can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. This project has continued to allow the young people to build relationships, stay connected during this period of potential isolation and, crucially, have the space to express themselves.
It is very important to the Essex Local Delivery Pilot that we continue to support and partner with initiatives like this which weave physical activity into the creative arts.” If you would like more information on the Shaddow Group Project please contact [email protected] or call Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development Team on 01277 844242.
Swan Housing Association is delighted to confirm that Lidl will be developing a new larger store as part of the Laindon Place regeneration scheme. Contracts on the site exchanged on 23 June bringing further multi-million-pound investment in their scheme which is transforming the town centre of Laindon for the community
Once it’s complete Lidl will move from their existing Lidl branch on Manor Road and Swan, who have acquired the Manor Road site as part of the deal will use it to bring more, much needed homes, to the area.
Located at the Danacre end of the Laindon Place regeneration, the multi-million pound investment will see Lidl build a larger, sustainable, store with almost 1500 square meters of sales area and in excess of 20% more customer parking spaces. The new convenient location will enable shoppers to access the stores on the new High Street that Swan are creating and facilities inside the store will include a fresh bakery, customer toilets and baby changing.
Swan are getting the site ready to hand over to Lidl’s construction team later this year. It is expected that work on the new store will begin early next year and the new Lidl will open by Autumn 2021.
Swan’s Laindon Place is a retail-led regeneration. It replaces the Laindon Shopping Centre which Swan purchased in 2015 and demolished in 2019 to make way for the new high street. When complete, Laindon Place will be a great place to work, live and shop; it will provide a new regional office for Swan, a variety of retail units, 224 new homes, a new and expanded health centre as well as improved landscaping around Laindon’s historic war memorial.
Geoff Pearce, Deputy Chief Executive, Swan Housing Association said “We are delighted to conclude this deal with Lidl. Not only will it bring a much larger Lidl store to the area, it will also enable us to build more new homes on Lidl’s existing site. Swan remains dedicated to ensuring Laindon Place provides a vibrant new high street for Laindon and transforms the centre of the town in the way the local community told us they wanted.”
Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Andrew Hodgkinson, commented: “We are delighted to be re-locating our store in Laindon, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to improving our offering in Laindon.”
Swan Housing Association remains dedicated to working with the local community in Laindon during the current lockdown we are all experiencing. The Laindon Place regeneration Project Team have worked with year 10 students at James Hornsby School since early this year to produce pieces of artwork with a ‘Love Laindon’ theme. The plan was for a selection of their artwork to be printed and displayed on the hoarding surrounding the site. Ten pieces of artwork were shortlisted and put on display just as the whole country entered lockdown.
Swan replaced a face-to-face event organised to celebrate the student’s work and select an overall winner with a digital alternative. A digital judging pack was circulated to the VIP guests who had planned to attend the cancelled event. John Baron MP, Mark François MP, a former student at the school, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Derrick Fellowes, local historian Ken Porter and Christine, a local resident who lives opposite the scheme helped to judge the entries.
We can now announce that the judges have selected their winning pictures (see below) and Swan has delivered the prizes to the school to distribute to the winning students. First place goes to Tabatha for her innovative picture of St. Nicholas Church; she has received £50 vouchers. Second place goes to Alfie who photographed the school; he won £30 in vouchers. Third place was awarded to Alicia who photographed the road; she has received vouchers totalling £20.
Once lockdown is lifted, and life returns to normal the three winning students will be invited to have their photograph taken alongside their art.
Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Deputy Chief Executive said: “Swan’s Laindon Project team remain dedicated to ensuring the wider community are involved with the Laindon Place regeneration. The team were determined to find a way to recognise the student’s hard work even though there were restrictions on face-to-face engagement. The quality of the students’ artwork is outstanding and it will remain on display long after lockdown restrictions are lifted.”
John Baron MP who helped to judge the competition said “I commend Swan and the pupils at James Hornsby School on this excellent initiative to celebrate our local area. At this challenging time it makes even more sense to record our strong community spirit in this way, and I would like to extend my special congratulations to the winners.”
Councillor Derrick Fellows, Deputy Mayor of Basildon said: “It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be asked to be one of the judges in this competition. Making my choices was far from easy, as there were so many amazing entries from very talented young people. In fact, Basildon is truly blessed with so much talent covering all of the “arts”, spanning the many generations.
As the Laindon Centre project is progressing, it is obvious it will be accompanied by necessary significant infrastructure upgrades, which regrettably will temporarily impact the local community, so I am very pleased that Swan have reached out and embraced the local community with this “art” project and displaying such talented work.”
Mr. Steel, Head Teacher at James Hornsby School said “We are so proud of our students contribution to the community. Thank you to Swan Housing for inviting us to be part of this unique project. We have really enjoyed being a part of this great opportunity.”
Mrs Frend, Head of Creative Arts at James Hornsby School said “Our Year 10 photography students have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the “Love Laindon” project. It is fantastic to see their photography work displayed in the local area, and to show their amazing talents. We are extremely proud of all their entries and hope that everyone in the local community will visit and enjoy their work for years to come.”
At Swan we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. The health and safety of our staff and the communities in which we work is our priority. As a result, we implemented a temporary closure of our construction sites at the start of lockdown. Since then, we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that we have plans in place so we can safely reopen, when Government advice supports this.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement 10 May 2020, encouraging construction to restart where it is safe to do so, this work means that our teams will start the reopening of our construction sites, assessed on an individual site by site basis and working in close partnership with our Health and Safety advisors. The level and rate of activity will be dependent on each site, its current state of construction and how we can implement safe working in line with Government guidance.
Whilst each site will have its own phased return plan, our site teams will be working in similar ways to ensure a safe return. We would like to reassure our residents and stakeholders that these include:
This will be aligned with current Government guidelines to ensure the safest working practices are in place, signed off by our Health and Safety advisors.
We would therefore like to inform you that works will start again on Laindon Place by the end of this week.
Any enquiries regarding our construction site at Laindon Place should be directed to Dave Martin, Project Manager for NU living, our in-house contractor. He can be contacted on [email protected] or by calling 0300 303 2500.
We know that this is a worrying and uncertain time for everyone. Swan Housing Association wants to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of the residents of Laindon, our staff and contractors, is our priority. We have been working very hard to create the right responses to what is clearly a fast-moving situation and we have followed government advice on this issue to date and will continue to do so.
In light of advice issued by the Government, our construction sites are now temporarily closed. Any essential work has been carried out so that our sites are left in a safe, secure and watertight condition so that we will be able to restart our work as soon Government advice supports this. Please note that we may be required to attend the site for any emergency works, so if you do see anyone present please do not be alarmed.
In the meanwhile, we are proactively working behind the scenes and continuing with the project so if you do have any queries regarding the site, please email Jack Tyrell-Killian on [email protected] or call 0300 303 2500.
Our phone lines remain operational and will continue to be so, however, please do bear with us, you might wait a bit longer than usual to speak to our teams.
We would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to follow Government guidance around social distancing and to ensure that they are observing the latest restrictions, aside from essential key works at this difficult time. Remember, if you can, stay home and save lives.
For further updates please visit www.swan.org.uk
The Laindon team helped make Christmas special for 50 elderly Laindon residents by hosting a three-course Christmas dinner, with all the fun of musical entertainment by Laindon Residents Choir, a raffle and a gift for everyone who attended.
The event, which was held at the King Edward Community Centre, set a high standard in its first year with enjoyment apparent from the many smiling residents, who came together to celebrate in the festive season.
Take a look at the timelapse videos that were captured over the Summer. These show the demolition of the old Laindon Shopping Centre.
SEPTEMBER: Groundworks will continue through this month, Danacre will be reduced to a single lane, with traffic control to allow a new storm drain run to be installed.
OCTOBER: Piling works will be complete, first timber framed houses delivered to the Landmark site at Burdock Drive. On the main site,
the concrete frame for the new Swan office will have reached the second floor.
The Laindon site and team recently underwent a ‘‘Considerate Contractor Scheme’’ inspection. This scheme consists of construction sites, companies and suppliers agreeing to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. The main areas of fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment. We are delighted that the Laindon site and team scored high on: site safety, site appearance and community engagement.
They will continue to work hard to ensure the local community are aware of the works going on at the site as well as keeping disruption, where possible, to a minimum. If you have any concerns about the works taking places do not hesitate to contact the team on 0300 303 2500.
Last week, Swan were delighted to welcome local historians and residents to celebrate the re-instatement of the Laindon War Memorial to its temporary location, before taking centre stage of the reinvigorated public realm in 2020.
To allow construction of the new public realm in which both the War Memorial and Jubilee Fountain will be set, the War Memorial and Fountain were moved to temporary locations earlier last week. The Laindon War Memorial has now been re-installed by the temporary retail area close to the Laindon Health Centre, to ensure that it can continue to be honoured on Remembrance Day and throughout the year. The Fountain has been stored safely on site.
Fine art and antiquities removal experts Momart (www.momart.com), who have a Royal Warrant, carried out the removal and temporary re-instatement and will return in 2020 to install the much loved memorials to the centre of the new high street.
Laindon resident Christine Smith commented: ‘Swan always said they would look after our monuments to the war dead. They kept their word and now come November we can have our usual service to commemorate those that died for us. I now look forward to seeing our memorial put at the centre of the new high street once the development is complete’
Ken porter Local Historian added: ‘I am more than pleased to see the memorial go back, albeit in a temporary place. I’m delighted that Swan Housing have done what they told us they would do – at least two years ago. I am more than happy and this temporary location has enough room for our remembrance day this year– thank you Swan Housing!’
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan said: ‘It is wonderful to see the memorial installed in its temporary location, and so carefully by Momart, ensuring it can be honoured at this year’s Remembrance Sunday. We will continue to work on delivering Laindon’s new high street, shops, homes and health centre, as well as making sure a suitable event is arranged to celebrate the monuments return to the centre of Laindon Place in 2020.’
Last week we were delighted to see the professionalism and expertise of Momart, who have a Royal Warrant, removing the Laindon War Memorial and Jubilee Fountain, ready to be reinstated later this week.
Laindon Memorial Garden at the centre of the new High Street
As part of Swan Housing Association’s ongoing regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre and the creation of the new Laindon Place, we are delighted to be creating a permanent feature of the Laindon War Memorial and Royal Silver Jubilee Fountain at the centre of the new scheme.
To allow construction of the new public realm in which both the War Memorial and Fountain will be set, both are scheduled to be moved on 7 and 8 August. The War Memorial and Fountain will be moved to temporary locations before both pieces are reinstated as part of our reinvigorated public realm in August 2020. The Laindon War Memorial will be installed by the temporary retail area close to the Laindon Health Centre, to ensure that it can continue to be honoured on Remembrance Day and throughout the year. The Fountain will be stored safely on site.
To ensure the removal and reinstatement is carried out safely and professionally, we have appointed fine art and antiquities removal experts Momart (www.momart.com). Momart, who have a Royal Warrant, carry out fine art transport and removal services for art galleries and museums around the world – for example they helped move the Royal Collection in 1993 – so we are delighted to have their support.
As these are delicate historical items and Momart are supervising the whole process to ensure that the pieces are sensitively handled. They will carry out 3D scans of both the War Memorial and Fountain prior to any works, so that in the highly unlikely case of any damage, they can be restored.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan said: “We have been working closely with local residents and community stakeholders to ensure that these important monuments are able to be re-sited before taking centre stage at Laindon Place. As works have progressed quickly, this temporary re-siting will allow us to deliver a new high street, shops, homes and health centre, whilst ensuring the Laindon War Memorial can continue to be honoured at Remembrance Day and throughout the year by the local community. An appropriate event will also be arranged to celebrate their return to Laindon Place in 2020.’
The Laindon Centre demolition is almost complete, as our development team and contractors have been hard at work to clear the site, as we make way for your brand new Laindon Place! You can see from our time-lapse images how works have progressed.
Laindon Post Office will temporarily close from Tuesday 2 April 2019.
Swan will continue to work closely with the Post Office, Basildon Borough Council and Essex County Council to find a long term solution for residents in Laindon, and every effort is being made to re-establish services in the interim period.
Swan have been clear about our commitment to keeping Laindon open for business during the regeneration which will build a new high street for the community.
You may have seen the temporary units for Well Pharmacy, Lloyds Pharmacy and Templeman Opticians being set up next to the Laindon Health Centre over the last few weeks. We are thrilled that these shops are now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
We are pleased to be able to continue these essential service for residents while we move forward with the development of your new Laindon Place!
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development said: “We are delighted that we have been able to work with our partners to deliver these temporary units.Throughout this regeneration we have been, and remain, committed to ensuring there is no loss of vital services and look forward to see local residents make use of these new units.”
The shops will be open from:
Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm
Saturday – 9am to 1pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays – Closed
Monday to Friday – 9am to 6pm
Saturday – 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays – Closed
Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
Saturday – 9am to 4pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays – Closed
As some may have seen in the rear of the centre car park, works are progressing well on the construction of the temporary retail units which will opening from 11 March. The temporary units will be for Templeman Opticians, Well Pharmacy and Lloyds Pharmacy, with both Pharmacies opening from 11 March and the Optician (which has some final fitout and site works still to go) from 18 March.
The Footbridge over the High Road has now been demolished. The footbridge demolition is a major milestone in the regeneration programme. We would like to thank residents surrounding the centre for their patience, co-operation and apologise for any disruptions these works may have caused.
As part of the regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre, there will be some minor changes made to access in and around the shopping centre as well as use of High Road, as works progress.
The following changes will take place:
1) Temporary closure of High Road
A) Ahead of the demolition of the Laindon Shopping Centre in March, the pedestrian footbridge across High Road is due to be demolished over the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February.
B) To ensure safety of pedestrians and road users, a section of High Road adjacent to the Laindon Shopping Centre will close at 11.59pm on Friday 15 February and remain closed on Saturday 16 February and Sunday 17 February. We anticipate works to be completed and the road to re-open on Monday 18 February at 6am.
C) The Traffic Diversion Plan below outlines the diversions that will be put in place for affected residents in New Century Road, Worthing Road and Manor Road, along with pedestrians and public transport users who use High Road.
D) Danacre, used to access the parking for the Laindon Shopping Centre and Laindon Health Centre, will still be accessible and trading on Saturday 16 should not be disrupted. Lloyds Pharmacy, Well Pharmacy, Templeman Opticians and the Post Office will all still be open on Saturday 16 February as will Laindon Health Centre.
E) The Lidl store on Manor Road will still be accessible across the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February.
2) Changes to access of the Laindon Shopping Centre
A) From Saturday 16 February onwards, residents will no longer be able to access the Laindon Shopping Centre using the pedestrian footbridge.
B) Residents are encouraged to use the two existing pedestrian crossings, one by Laindon Library and the other by Danacre Dental Practice, to safely cross High Road.
C) Alternative Centre access locations are shown below. These routes are wheelchair accessible.
We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding whilst we carry out these necessary works.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Laindon Shopping Centre Regeneration Team on 0300 303 2500.
Please take a look at the PDF version of the letter to residents and changed access / diversions here: Removal of footbridge
This is an illustrative image only to show the type of temporary unit that will be installed at Laindon.
We are delighted to confirm that this coming weekend, the new temporary retail units will be delivered to Laindon Shopping Centre.
Following the successful removal of the pedestrian footbridge last weekend, we are now able to manoeuvre these units into position. We have arranged delivery for this Sunday (20 January), to ensure that the closure of the car park to allow delivery to take place, will not affect either shoppers or patients of the surgery.
The temporary retail units will allow the two pharmacies and the opticians to continue to trade and maintain key services for local residents whilst we work to create the new High Street.
Our thanks to the local community for your continued support and patience and for your positive feedback to our activities on site.
As part of our eagerly anticipated regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre, there will be some changes made to access in and around the shopping centre as works progress. These works will start with the demolition of the rear footbridge at the Centre.
To enable works and construction for the temporary pharmacies and opticians, the rear footbridge will be demolished earlier than the rest of Centre. It is expected that these works will take place this coming weekend, the 12 and 13 of January 2019 with works on the temporary retail installation commencing in the coming weeks.
We would like to reassure those residents who have been using this footbridge to access the Centre that there will be alternative access routes to the health centre, shopping centre and temporary shops, including accessible wheelchair access. Please see the image for more details. There will also be directional signage on site.
We would like to thank you in advance for your patience whilst we carry out these necessary works to enable us to build your fantastic new High Street, Medical Centre, Swan Office and new public realm.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Laindon Centre Project Team on 0300 303 2500.
Swan are working closely with retailers to ensure we maintain essential services throughout the regeneration of Laindon and are committed to delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to continue. Our planning application for temporary retail units has been submitted for planning approval and can now be viewed here on the Basildon Council website: Planning submission
You can read more about shopping in Laindon during the regeneration in our latest Laindon Place newsletter here: Newsletters
We were honoured to be a part of the Laindon remembrance service once again yesterday. Our Development Manager Jack proudly laying a wreath on behalf of Swan, it was a moving and solemn tribute to our fallen servicemen & women.
Thank you to all those residents that came to pay their respects with us and join us for refreshments during the event.
Jack Tyrell -Killian is seen here with Ken Porter from the Laindon & District Community Archive standing by the beautiful There But Not There soldier silhouette.
Swan Housing Association and partners are delighted to have broken ground on Laindon Place, their regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre, marking works beginning on the regeneration.
Swan’s Executive Director of Development and Regeneration, Geoff Pearce was joined by local MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron, as well as Cllr Andrew Baggott, Leader Basildon Borough Council, Cllr David Dadds, Mayor of Basildon and Mark Francois MP for Rayleigh & Wickford, as well as members of the local community to celebrate this milestone.
This event celebrates Swan overcoming decades of failed attempts by others to regenerate the Laindon Shopping Centre and the persistence and ambition of Swan and its partners were echoed during the day. The local community including residents and businesses were extremely positive and delighted that Swan are making this happen.
Laindon Place will transform the dilapidated and unattractive inward-looking shopping centre into a new high street including new shops, a health centre and even a new Swan Office, to which Swan’s Billericay based staff will relocate. There will be stylish new homes too, all set in high-quality public space. The local community have been widely consulted and Laindon Place has been designed to be at the heart of a revitalised Laindon, benefitting existing and new residents.
Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Development and Regeneration commented:
“Swan has been operating in Basildon and Laindon for almost 25 years now and we manage over 1,500 homes surrounding the Laindon Centre. As a result, we have an unwavering commitment to seeing the successful regeneration of the centre. We’ve taken the time to widely consult the local residents and stakeholders and this has meant that we are confident that Laindon Place will really deliver for the local community. Not only will we maintain essential local services during the regeneration work but, when complete, Laindon Place will bring a new High Street with shops, a new medical centre, a Swan office to which our staff from Billericay will relocate to, as well as fantastic new public realm and 224 new homes.”
John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay said:
“My congratulations to Swan Housing, Basildon Council and all involved for their hard work in now moving this redevelopment forward. It’s a great plan and we now look forward to seeing it put into action.”
Cllr Tony Hedley, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration Committee said:
“The groundbreaking event marked an exciting step forward for Swan Housing. The redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
Since launching the initial commercial marketing strategy in January this year, Swan have been delighted to receive over 60 enquiries from individuals and businesses interested in leasing the new retail units in Phase 1. With works now commencing on site, this means that Swan expect the Shopping Centre to be vacant by February 2019 allowing for full demolition to take place shortly afterwards.
Swan expects to maintain essential services throughout the regeneration by delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to be continued. Swan are confident that they will be able to achieve a good mix of retailers, homes and public space to make Laindon Place attractive to local people and a new heart of the community at Laindon.
You can watch the Laindon video here: Laindon Regeneration Vision
Thank you for visiting the Laindon Futures website. You may have noticed that it really is #timeforchange at Laindon with much more activity on site, hoarding up and parking areas changed, to allow regeneration work to commence.
Since Swan bought the Laindon shopping centre three years ago, we have significantly improved the management and cleanliness of the centre, whilst keeping it open to the public at all times. We have undergone a large-scale consultation with the local community to ensure that residents’ views were taken into account. We got planning last year and since then have been dealing with the complexities of regenerating the centre, working with the retailers and adjoining owners including the NHS.
Now it is time to move into the next phase of the regeneration – moving towards the demolition of the centre so that we can build the new High Street, NHS Medical Centre, Swan office and new homes that the community have told us they want.
This weekend, the Co-op will cease trading, one of a number of retailers to have now closed. This is necessary to allow us to bring the regeneration forward. The original plan was to bring the redevelopment forward in two phases but in line with our desire to deliver it as quickly as possible, we are looking to demolish the centre earlier, putting in temporary shops to maintain key services to residents and to deliver the regeneration much faster. Once Co-op has closed, the local LIDL food-store will remain open to residents throughout the construction period.
Our teams are now onsite carrying out preliminary works and demolition of the existing centre is programmed for next year.
At Swan, we are committed to making this regeneration happen and giving the local community a high street that they want to live, work and shop in. Please come back again, to find out the latest on Laindon Place.
Swan Housing Association are delighted to announce they are another step closer to delivering Laindon Place. Part of the first phase of Swan’s regeneration project is on the site of the existing car park adjacent to the Laindon Health Centre. Swan owns this land and have installed signs notifying users that this car park will no longer be in operation from Monday 6 August. This area is being cleared so it can be hoarded, secured and prepared for works to be in-line with Swan’s construction programme.
Visitors to the Laindon Shopping Centre will still be able to park their cars in the car park at the back of the shopping centre, as well as the smaller car park and will have clear, safe access to the shops. Swan has already changed the hoarding leading from the shopping centre through to the health centre to ensure this is accessible for everyone visiting the health centre.
Swan are working closely with GP’s and the Practice Manager at the Laindon Health Centre. Swan will be creating wheelchair parking bays close to the entrance of the health centre and ambulances will still be able to pick up and drop off there. The existing staff parking underneath will be unaffected. Swan also has a white list in operation so all staff who work at the shopping centre and the health centre are unaffected and can continue to park for free for as long as they need.
To ensure shoppers are aware of how to continue to access the shopping centre, appropriate signage will be put up on site. Signage will also be put up to ensure users understand where they can continue to park for free for up to three hours. This is in line with what Swan previously implemented to prevent commuter parking in the car parks at the Laindon Shopping Centre, so that there is ample parking to allow visitors to the businesses operating in the centre.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, said:
“We are committed to delivering Laindon Place and are delighted to be starting on site. We have worked closely with the GPs and their Practice Manager to ensure they can continue to provide services to patients throughout the works including ensuring disabled bays are provided and ambulance access maintained. Laindon Centre staff can still park freely at the centre without charge and visitors to the centre can continue to park for free for up to three hours. This is yet another milestone for the Laindon Place project and takes us another step closer to building a new centre for Laindon that meets the aspirations of the local community”.
Swan have worked very closely with the Laindon Medical Group and their Practice Business Manager Debbie Crisp commented:
“The GPs at Laindon Medical Group together with the staff are delighted that work has at long last started on the redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre. We are aware that the works will cause some disruption but are working closely with Swan to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. We would like to remind patients that there are now more disabled bays available at the front of the surgery and that the area underneath the building is strictly for doctors to park this will ensure that there are no delays in visiting patients who need home visits.”
Swan are working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council on this key regeneration for the Borough and thank them for their continued support.Cllr Tony Hedley, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration Committee, said:
“This is an exciting step forward for Swan Housing. The redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
We were delighted to have recently shared the fantastic news that we will be bringing forward the regeneration of Laindon Centre. This means that the local community will be able enjoy even sooner the benefits of the new high street with new shops, food store and medical centre, as well as improved and greener public realm.
With works set to begin in the coming months, additional support works need to be carried out before we start demolition. As such, the current power supply to the shopping centre and Health Centre (located in the shopping centre) will need to be replaced and relocated to allow for continuity of service.
From Monday 23 July, we will be constructing two new sub-stations, which will be located in an area to the rear of the houses along Manor Road. The two sub-station buildings will be single story and measure approximately 4 meters by 3 square meters and are not expected to have a direct impact on local residents. Work will take place Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm and is likely to take around 7 weeks. We would like to reassure residents that dust and noise will be kept to minimum during these essential works.
We were thrilled to receive double success at the recent Planning Awards! We were fortunate to win in both of our shortlisted categories:
The Award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning for our regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre and the Award for Planning for Increased Housing Delivery for our Beechwood modular development. You can find out more about the Planning Awards here: The Planning Awards
Swan Housing Association have announced that they are bringing forward the regeneration of Laindon Centre so that the local community will be able enjoy the benefits of the new high street with new shops, anchor food store, medical centre, as well as improved and greener public realm even sooner.
Swan have been able to bring forward vacant possession of the Laindon Shopping Centre following the conclusion of an agreement with key tenants of the centre.
To enable Swan to ensure the centre can be demolished to make way for Laindon Place, Swan have now served notices on the existing retailers. This means that Swan now expect the Shopping Centre to be vacant by February 2019 allowing for full demolition to take place shortly afterwards.
Swan have taken this decision, as the existing Centre is unable to meet either the residents or retailers needs and because the local community have made it clear that their “Laindon Place” regeneration cannot come soon enough.
Now that these notices have been served Swan will be able to enter into negotiations with existing tenants who wish to return to Laindon Place and also with prospective new tenants.
John Synnuck, Swan’s Chief Executive commented:
“We are committed to bringing Laindon Place forward as quickly as we can to make sure that Laindon has the modern, vibrant High Strreet is deserves. By serving these notices, we can deliver Laindon Place sooner.”
Scott Logan, Basildon Council’s Managing Director, said:
“This a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Laindon Centre and the Council is delighted that the project has been brought forward. Laindon Place will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
Since launching the Laindon Place branding and their initial commercial marketing strategy in January this year, Swan have been delighted to receive over 50 enquiries from individuals and businesses interested in leasing the new retail units in Phase 1. Initial discussions with some of those who have expressed an interest in the new units will now be progressed, along with discussions with those existing retailers who are interested in returning to Laindon Place. These discussions will continue over the coming weeks and months. All this means that Swan are confident that they will be able to achieve a good mix of retailers to make Laindon Place attractive to local people.
Swan appreciate that this will mean services will no longer be available for local residents through the centre, however, now that these notices have been served, Swan will endeavour to maintain essential services throughout the regeneration by delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to be continued.
At Swan we are committed to bringing about the long-awaited regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre. The existing centre is not an attractive place for residents to visit and our plans will not only result in more trees on the site than exist now, but there will be significant improvements to the public realm at Laindon. In fact, Laindon will be much greener than it is now:
• A new garden will be installed on the podium and high-quality landscaping around the War Memorial, giving it prominence.
• We will replace the metal barriers in the dual carriageway with trees and planting.
• We will plant more trees than we will remove – in short, when complete, Laindon Place will have more trees than before we started work.
• Many of the trees that are being replaced have been found by expert arboriculturalists to be low quality and all will be replaced by high quality trees of appropriate specimens and maturity.
That’s why we are confident that Laindon Place, when completed, will not only be more green but will also have public spaces that local people actually want to use!
Swan Housing Association’s plans for the Laindon Shopping Centre take a key step orward as they reveal the branding for their retail-led regeneration, which will transform the centre of Laindon bringing exciting new shops, a Swan office, a health centre and high quality new homes – making Laindon a great place to live, shop and work. The branding has been developed following the detailed consultation work Swan carried out before securing planningconsent for its award winning new scheme.
Luke Riley Swan’s Projects Director was joined by Cllr Stephen Hillier, Cllr Andrew Gordon, Cllr Allan Davies, Cllr Hazel Green and Cllr Frank Ferguson to unveil the new ‘Laindon Place’ branding which has been displayed on the hoarding surround the development site. Laindon Place was chosen as the brand, to reflect the scheme’s central position in Laindon and Laindon’s heritage.
Swan’s Chief Executive, John Synnuck commented:”We’ve been working in Basildon for almost 25 years, so we recognise how the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre is key to Laindon’s success as a place to live, shop and work. That’s why we stepped in and bought the Centre, so we could make this happen, after so many previous owners failed.
Laindon Place will transform a dilapidated and unattractive inward-looking centre into a new high street including new shops, a health centre and even a new Swan Office, to which our Billericay based staff will relocate. There will be stylish new homes too, all set in high-quality public space and when complete Laindon Place will be at the heart of a revitalised Laindon, benefitting existing and new residents.”
Swan will be marking their formal start of works on-site later in the Spring, but you can find out more on the newly launch website www.laindonplace.co.uk.
Once again our regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre is being recognised for its visionary design, with a shortlisting in this year’s RTPI Regional Awards for Planning Excellence!
The RTPI Regional Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate the high quality planning work done in the various regions of the UK (Laindon is in the Eastern Region). The emphasis of the Awards is originality and regional significance, especially in highlighting how a project has led to an enhancement of the physical environment, leading to recognisable social and economic benefit in terms of greater human happiness, safety and efficiency.
Our plans for Laindon will not only see a brand new high street, but also new homes, new public realm, health centre and Swan office. The dilapidated centre, which has seen six previous developers fail to bring about its transformation, will finally get the regeneration it deserves, We are thrilled to see, once again, the Laindon team’s hard work and dedication to the project (along with our partners) being recognised.
The winners will be announced in November.
Swan Housing Association and its architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and C.F. Møller were successful at the prestigious National Housing Awards, with judges awarding their plans for both the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre and the Craylands Estate in Basildon, with the coveted ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ award.
The Laindon Shopping Centre regeneration won the category overall! This exciting scheme will bring a brand new high street, Swan office, health centre and Swan’s precision engineered modular homes (built in Swan’s new factory in Basildon) to Laindon.
Swan’s Laindon regeneration has also recently been shortlisted in the Architects’ Journal Awards 2017 for ‘Masterplan of the Year’ and, in the summer, won the coveted “Best Regeneration” award at the Housing Design Awards 2017.
The NHA 2017 Judges said about Laindon ‘The winning entry was excellent, a great scheme that is both regenerative and visionary and brings residential and commercial uses together to create a new heart for the town.’
Beechwood West, was highly commended in the same category. This latest phase of Swan’s regeneration of the 1960’s Craylands Estate in Basildon (which it is delivering in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency) will deliver over 560 mixed tenure, precision engineered homes, built in Swan’s new factory. Over 250 will be fully customisable by the buyer using an online “configurator”, just as you might design a car.
The NHA 2017 judges said they wanted to highly commend Beechwood because it was “a refreshingly different submission, not only with the design of the homes but also the self-build/customisation. It shows outstanding community engagement and the use of innovative construction and local labour is fantastic and deserves recognition.”
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan said:
“As a long-standing local housing provider with a clear social purpose, we are committed to the regeneration of both the Laindon Centre and the Craylands Estate. To be recognised in the highly prestigious NHA 2017 awards for both these Basildon based regenerations, highlights our commitment to bringing the highest quality of design and public realm to Basildon. We were particularly delighted that the judges recognised our engagement with local people too, as we strive to ensure we work with local people to create the high quality homes and communities that they want and deserve”.
Carl Vann, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards commented: ‘We are delighted that both Beechwood West and the Laindon Centre have been recognised by the National Housing Awards. Both projects represent visionary approaches to the delivery of homes within a wider regeneration strategy – combining modular construction, customer choice and house building alongside vital new community facilities.’
Rolf Nielsen MAA ARB RIBA, Associate Partner, C.F. Møller Architects said of the Laindon project: ‘We are very proud to have been part of a great team working on this important project. To have the recognition of the prestigious National Housing Awards is a tremendous honour. We sincerely thank our collaboration partners, PTE and our client Swan, for joining us in creating and realising a strong vision for revitalising this central part of Laindon.’
Swan Housing Association, which is delivering the £50m regeneration of the dilapidated 1960’s Landon Shopping Centre are today reassuring local residents of their commitment to the delivery of this long awaited regeneration by confirming their plans for works to begin onsite over the coming months.
Since Swan was granted planning consent from Basildon Borough Council earlier this year, its dedicated Laindon development team have been working closely with a number of partners including architects, designers and local planning officers to finalise the terms of the planning conditions and the accompanying legal agreement setting out the planning obligations for the development. These will be completed very soon and so the team are working to set out a timeline of development works and local engagement activity to ensure that Laindon residents are getting the high-quality regeneration they deserve. Improvements have already been made to the car parking at the Centre, which have been positively received.
In the coming months local people will see hoarding erected around the Laindon site as groundworks begin near the current Health Centre as well as on the land south of the roundabout at the end of Burdock Drive. These initial works will involve moving some of the existing earth around to create the right levels for the new buildings. As this work gets underway, the Swan team will strive to ensure that shopping centre customers and health centre users can continue to use the centre with as little disruption as is possible.
Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development, Geoff Pearce said: “We remain committed to delivering the regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre. We will continue to work closely with local residents and partners to keep them updated as this landmark project progresses and look forward to continuing the on-going consultation with local stakeholders. Over 600 residents showed their support of our plans which will see a brand new high street, homes, health centre and Swan Office. We are confident that our project will succeed where others have faltered before, because at Swan we are dedicated to delivering exemplary homes and communities and to continuing our support of the residents of Laindon as we have for almost 25 years”
The Swan team will be maintaining dialogue with local residents, stakeholders and local councillors over the coming months.
Following Basildon Council’s unanimous decision in February to approve Swan’s planning application to deliver the retail led regeneration that Laindon deserves, the Swan team are working hard to develop detailed designs for our new scheme and are also working with Basildon Council and Essex County Council to discharge the various planning conditions and finalise the S106 Agreement for the scheme.
Once this work is complete, Swan will commence phase one of the regeneration which will deliver a new high street layout for Laindon as well as a mix of new shops, a brand-new, larger and more fit-for-purpose modern health centre, ample car parking, new homes and a new Swan office.
Over the coming months you will see new hoarding go up and the team starting enabling works on site!
We will post further information on social media and this website to keep you posted. So please do keep an eye out for future updates.
Swan are delighted to announce that their plans to deliver the long awaited retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality, after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve their planning application at a meeting last night.
It comes after the local community backed the plans with almost 300 local residents signing letters of support and over 300 local residents signing up to support the plans on www.laindonfutures.co.uk.
At the heart of Swan’s plans for the wholesale redevelopment of the shopping centre is a brand new high street with shops, landscaped space, a new Swan office, a modern health centre and homes.
Now that Swan have the green light from the Council to regenerate the Laindon Centre, enabling works will start on site later this year. Swan will also be progressing with detailed design work and anticipate main construction starting on site with the first phase in early 2018.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted with the Council’s decision to give us the green light to start delivering the retail-led regeneration that Laindon deserves. Today is a momentous day for Laindon and the future is looking bright for the local area. We’ve worked tirelessly to produce plans that really can be delivered and we’re excited get the redevelopment work underway hopefully by the end of this year. Our plans for Laindon are part of our continued commitment to Basildon and we’re looking forward to investing further in the borough in the future.”
Cllr Phil Turner, Leader of Basildon Borough Council said:
“Helping to ensure the regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre has been a longstanding priority for Basildon Council, so I am delighted to see this application approved.Swan’s proposals for the site – a combination of modern homes, shops and health facilities – will be a true asset to the community for generations to come.We have worked closely with Swan to bring the project to this stage and will strive to continue this strong relationship to ensure these plans become a reality.”
Carl Vann, Partner and Pollard Thomas Edwards, said:
“Pollard Thomas Edwards is delighted to be acting as architects in collaboration with CF Moller, to deliver Swan’s vision for this significant location. We have worked closely with the community to develop a high street proposal that is a true ‘centre of gravity’ for the local and wider area. The proposal re-imagines the centre of Laindon, bringing not just bricks and mortar, but a wider view to deliver an attractive walkable setting for new homes, shopping and working; whilst also addressing local resident concerns to reduce traffic speeds and promote a sense of community and neighbourliness.”
Ray Houghton, Partner from Bidwells, Planning Consultants for the project, said:
As well as the positive feedback received, we are looking carefully at some of the key issues raised by residents including parking provision, layout of the new high street, traffic management, the mix of shops and future of the health centre.
“It is great news that this exciting development has been given the go ahead. The detailed proposals had an unprecedented level of support from the local community who clearly felt the scheme is exactly what is needed for Laindon’s rejuvenation. The application represents the culmination of an ongoing and comprehensive process of engagement with residents, stakeholders and Basildon Council and is one which everyone can be justifiably proud of.”
“A regenerated Laindon Shopping Centre is the fresh start Laindon really needs… and 2017 is the year we can finally make it happen!” says Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development.”
Swan Commercial Services, a subsidiary of Swan Housing Association, submitted a planning application in November that proposes wholesale redevelopment of the failing shopping centre to bring about a brand new high street with shops, a new Swan office, a modern health centre and homes. Swan widely consulted on its plans and was delighted that 83% of those local residents who participated in the public consultations support the proposals.
Swan is eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on whether to approve the plans, which is expected in Spring 2017. They are keen to get the long awaited regeneration underway and have indicated that, should Basildon Council approve the planning application, enabling works could begin by the end of 2017.
Swan are now asking local people who want to see Laindon Shopping Centre transformed to show publicly their support by signing up online on laindonfutures.co.uk. You can also show your support by submitting your comments via Basildon Council’s website – www.basildon.gov.uk/eplanning using planning reference: 16/01594/FULL
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, added:
“We are eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on our planning application to help build a bright future for Laindon, that has a vibrant new high street with shops, landscaped space, homes and a re-provided health centre at its heart. The redevelopment of the Laindon Centre is long overdue and our application is the chance for a fresh start and, if approved, will give Laindon the retail led regeneration it has waited so long for. We have worked hard to develop a viable plan for this regeneration and are determined to succeed where so many other previous owners have failed. We are thankful for the huge support we received from people in Laindon and Langdon Hills during our in-depth consultation and we urge local residents who support our plans to get behind us by endorsing our plans once more to help ensure that, this time, we really can make this regeneration a reality.”
The Laindon Shopping Centre, originally built in the 1970s, is in a poor state of disrepair and is not fit for modern retail needs. Laindon deserves much better than this. Redevelopment will provide new shops, offices and a much more appealing environment for shoppers with an improved public realm. Regeneration will also be able to re-provide a health centre at the site for local people, as well as new homes.
If you want to see the Laindon Shopping Centre redeveloped and support Swan’s proposals to build a new retail-led scheme local people can be proud of show your support by signing up here
We are delighted to announce that local residents have given their thumbs up to our emerging vision for the redevelopment the Laindon Shopping Centre and to confirm that 83% of those who submitted feedback during the consultation said that they support the draft proposals.
Following a two day exhibition we held locally in July (attended by over 650 people!) and the online posting of our draft plans, which included a proposal to re-establish a vibrant high street, a new Swan Head office, parking, a supermarket, green landscaping and new homes, 330 people have submitted feedback on our vision, either at the exhibition, by posting our questionnaire back to us using Freepost or via this laindonfutures website. This infographic gives you the headline results of the consultation.
We are currently reviewing the feedback received so as to ensure that it informs the development of the plans. Our aim is to exhibit our final Masterplan for the Laindon Shopping Centre to local residents in September, before submitting a planning application in the Autumn to Basildon Council.
“We’re delighted that local residents are lending their support to our plans for the long-awaited redevelopment of the Laindon Shopping Centre. Bringing back a vibrant High Street to Laindon is at the forefront of our vision to regenerate the Centre and we’re glad that the vast majority of people who gave feedback like our proposed design for a Laindon High Street.
We want local people to have the opportunity to view these revised plans in September before a planning application is submitted to the Council in the Autumn.”
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