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Improvements to Bury St Edmunds controversial eco-apartments delayed due to coronavirus

Improvement works at a controversial eco-friendly apartment block in Bury St Edmunds have been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.

In February, Havebury Housing Partnership revealed a range of improvements was needed at the award-winning 10-year-old Goodfellows development, in Kings Road/Parkway.

Tenants in the 12 flats were due to be rehomed so the works could be carried out.

Goodfellows flats, in Kings Road/Parkway, Bury St Edmunds
Goodfellows flats, in Kings Road/Parkway, Bury St Edmunds

However, the process has been delayed due to coronavirus.

A Havebury spokesman said: "“We have found suitable new homes for all the households at Goodfellows and the last remaining tenant will be moving out soon.

"The process has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but our priority has been to ensure our tenants’ new properties and removal dates met their needs, allowing them to choose new soft furnishings and providing a home loss payment to help them to settle.

"Once the building is empty and fully secured we will be able to fully investigate the extent and timescale of any works required."

With its timber construction and wisteria and clematis shrubs growing up the building's steel wires, Goodfellows won a RIBA East Sustainability Award and Suffolk Association of Architects Design Award in 2009.

However, the development has attracted criticism over the years for its appearance.

According to historian Martyn Taylor, Goodfellow was the surname of the family who lived at number 141 Kings Road, which was demolished to make way for the flats.

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