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Bury St Edmunds Goodfellows flats: Havebury Housing Partnership seeking solution to stalled improvement work

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A housing association has addressed the status of long-delayed improvements at a controversial block of flats in Bury St Edmunds.

But Havebury Housing Partnership has been unable to outline the nature of the work required at the award-winning eco-friendly Goodfellows development.

It revealed in February 2020 that it would rehome tenants in the 12 flats in Kings Road/Parkway after a survey found improvements were required.

The Goodfellows flats in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Derrick
The Goodfellows flats in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Paul Derrick

At the time, Havebury said it would be carrying out ‘routine maintenance work’ and due to the building’s design it was likely they would have to remove the windows, doors and staircases to do so.

In October 2020, Havebury confirmed the last remaining tenant would be moving out but the required work was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In January, it said it had been working with consultants on options for Goodfellows.

However, it would seem the work still has not yet taken place.

Asked what was happening with the project and the nature of the work required, Scott Bailey, director of development, said: “We continue to explore the most effective solution for the improvements needed at Goodfellows.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality housing and, as a not-for-profit organisation, our priority is to ensure the work will provide a long-lasting solution.”

With its timber construction, Goodfellows won a RIBA East Sustainability Award and Suffolk Association of Architects Design Award in 2009.

The development, built in 2008, has attracted criticism though over the years for its appearance.