Today Stonebridge's towers are gone, replaced by award-winning low-rise housing, interspersed with communal areas, shops, trees and street lights – a committed attempt to design out the previously high levels of crime and deprivation. A Stirling prize-nominated children's centre and a health and community centre are a visual testimony to the area's £225m renaissance. Crime is down dramatically. Today, Stonebridge is regularly held up as a success story when it comes to transforming difficult estates.
Countryside’s Resident Liaison Officers played a fundamental role in ensuring that support was given to the residents before, during and after the works were completed and offered advice about the wide range of interior fitting options and choices available.
Removing barriers and widening participation in employment schemes was a fundamental part of the regeneration programme and as a result numerous residents have been employed through the Local Labour in Construction scheme, some of whom are adult trainees working towards NVQ qualifications.
Countryside supported a number of local initiatives including the Annual Youth Forum Event and also the local community radio station LIFE FM. This offers local residents of Stonebridge an opportunity to have their say over the airwaves and provides valuable training in media and communications for residents.
"The area has been transformed beyond belief. The residents are actively involved in the community and are running things for themselves."
Chinyere Ugwu, Managing Director of Hillside Housing Trust (who has lived on the estate for 13 years)
The regeneration of the Stonebridge Estate was completed in 2009.