SP2965 : Social housing, Portobello Way, Warwick

taken 10 years ago, near to Old Milverton, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Social housing, Portobello Way, Warwick
Social housing, Portobello Way, Warwick
The Waterfront development LinkExternal link on the site of Potterton's boiler factory has created this new street behind blocks of upmarket flats.
Before, it was a humdrum rear access to houses in Greville Road, right, now tidied up somewhat.
The social housing was quickly occupied.
[Gazetteer line is nonsense. This site is in Warwick and has no connection with Old Milverton]
The Waterfront development, Warwick
Flats and houses, offices and a health centre have been built on the site of Pottertons factory and offices at Portobello, Warwick. The development was unwelcome, controversial, disruptive and is still incomplete.

Pottertons manufactured boilers and heating controls and had been established in Warwick for many years. In 1996 they were taken over by the Baxi Group. Manufacturing soon ceased; design and other functions moved to Brooks House in Coventry Road, Warwick. In 2003 it was reported that following demolition an investigation of the site had been undertaken by the County Planning Archaeologist; also that substantial and controversial development plans were being discussed.

Planning permission may have been granted around 2006, construction beginning with a new road bridge into the site from Rock Mill Lane across the River Avon. The first blocks of flats for private purchase were up by 2009. A large part of the site is devoted to social housing for rent. There were to be a series of flats over garages (FOGs) by the river for which the 'undercrofts' were built. At the time of writing (March 2014) they remain uncompleted; the contractor and all materials and equipment have been absent from the site for two or three years.

Construction recommenced in 2015, presumably under a fresh planning permission.

Other photos: SP3065 : Waterside, SP3065 : Anthony Eden Way, SP3065 : New bridge and developments at site of Potterton's factory
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 March, 2009
Housing > Housing estate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2998 6594 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:17.4469N 1:33.7125W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2996 6600
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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