Liverpool Housing Action Trust

Collapsing tower blocks with smoke from explosions at base

Demolition of Storington tower blocks © Liverpool HAT

The aim of a Housing Action Trust (HAT) is to work with tenants to improve the environmental, housing and social conditions of their areas. In total six Housing Action Trusts were set up across the country. All in areas of great need in Hull, Birmingham, Liverpool and three in London.

The Liverpool HAT is the largest with 5,332 properties in 67 tower blocks. It was given twelve years and £260m of government money to create sustainable housing and communities and bring in private finance.

In 1996 a study by the HAT estimated that it would cost £299 million to refurbish the city’s tower blocks. This led to a major consultation exercise with tenants in all blocks to look at the best options. The result was a decision to demolish 54 blocks and build new homes on their footprints for the tenants, plus to retain and refurbish 13 tower blocks.

New homes, new communities

After demolition, new build and refurbishment Liverpool HAT has transferred a number of homes to its Housing Association partners who will manage them into the future.

They include:

  • Meadow Court, Croxteth – the first Housing with Extra Care Scheme in the city, and one of four to be built by Liverpool HAT.
  • 22 ‘demonstrator’ ecological bungalows and houses at Jackson Pond Drive, Childwall offering recycled rain and grey water and solar panels for heating and hot water
  • 15 new community centres run by local people and offering a range of educational, leisure and social activities.

Many of the tenants are now in their 70s, 80s and 90s.The HAT’s community services team has enabled them to be actively involved in their communities.

"It's quite a community, everyone knows each other now, it's a totally different life altogether... and that's thanks to the HAT."
Vera Cook Ash Grange

View from tower block showing the block's shadow falling across rows of terraced housing

View from Rockview, Everton © Photography by Guy Woodland

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