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Reborn city estate shows Britain how.

Byline: By Poppy Brady

ONE of Birmingham's biggest regeneration schemes, involving the bulldozing of 1,400 homes, is being seen as a trailblazer for Britain.

Optima Community Association's Attwood Green estate has attracted national attention for its rebirth which has involved 1,200 having facelifts, the building of 1,300 homes for sale and rent, together with new parks, office space, a hotel, community facilities and public artworks.

The pounds 550 million regeneration started in 2000 and is expected to be completed by 2014.

The president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, David Tuffin, toured the scheme, and said: "Quality is key and chartered surveyors have an increasingly important role to play in continuing the transformation of the region's built environment by promoting best practice in the design, construction and refurbishment of existing buildings."

Accompanying him on his visit was Optima's chief executive Simon Kimberley, also a chartered surveyor.

He said: "We are extremely proud of the quality of our regeneration of this area and the status it has achieved as the pinnacle of good practice."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 2, 2008
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