A splash of colour will give ‘dull’ Leys tower major lift

Image trickery of a computer’s electronic paintbox show how Windrush tower will finally look

Image trickery of a computer’s electronic paintbox show how Evenlode tower will finally look

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Call me on 01865 425403

IMAGES of what the towers in Blackbird Leys will look like after the results of the residents’ votes over colours have been revealed.

Windrush Tower will be red and Evenlode Tower will be blue.

Residents voted for their favourite colour scheme – choosing between red, green and blue – for the exterior of the buildings.

The chosen colours will go on the balconies, while the main towers will be painted white and grey.

Pamela Hurn, 76, who lives in Evenlode tower, got the colour she voted for.

She said: “I like the blue because the shades all complement each other.

“I don’t like the red scheme because it’s got that yellow shade in it. I don’t like that.”

But neighbour Noreen Scott, 75, prefers the Windrush tower’s colours. She said: “I chose the red one, because it’s nice and bright.

“We could do with a bit of cheering up around here.”

Jade Slattery, 24, said: “I think it’s brilliant.”

The carer added: “They needed to do something about it. It’s gotten all disgusting.”

Margerie Morris, 73, lives in Windrush Tower. She said: “I’m pleased there’s a bit of colour on the balconies. Grey is such a dull colour, and it’s dull enough around here already.”

Oxford City Council can now move forward with its £18.36m redesign of the city’s five blocks.

The estate’s two towers were the last in the city to get final designs, after residents disapproved of the original purple and green colour schemes.

Plowman Tower, Headington Foresters Tower, Wood Farm and Hockmore Tower, Cowley, had their designs revealed last month.

All five towers will also receive new roofs, windows, insulation, improvements to fire safety systems and new parking and bin facilities. The designs for the communal areas have also been revealed, with glass walls and indoor bike racks.

Scott Seamons, board member for housing and estate regeneration, said: “Residents were positive about the new design and were presented with a range of colour schemes.

“Now these have been agreed on, we can move forward to the next stage."”

The council will be submitting a planning application for the five towers by the end of this month.

Work will begin in the spring of 2015, but the schedule for the three-year build has not been decided.

The council had previously considered demolishing the tower blocks, but decided that it would not make sense, because any lowrise replacements provided on their sites would offer far fewer homes.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Derek Measor's wife says his death tore her world apart as killer driver avoids jail

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WIDOW whose husband was killed while cycling yesterday told a court it was the worst day of her life.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with car near Dorchester

Oxford Mail: Ambulance stock image

11:44am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a BMW.

Dismal start troubles Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.

Girls get some coaching from a top GB runner

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

PUPILS at d’Overbroecks College pulled on their running shoes yesterday as 2002 Commonwealth Games 400m relay silver medallist Lesley Owusu gave them advice on how to succeed in both sport and life.

Rethink on late-night drink levy

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

BARS and clubs in Oxford could soon be charged for serving alcohol after midnight.

Russell’s taste of honey is the bees Leys

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THERE are some unusual visitors in Blackbird Leys creating a bit of a buzz.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree