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

Corn Exchange's future debated

Oxford Mail: The Corn Exchange

9:10am Monday 22nd September 2014

The future use of the Corn Exchange will be discussed at a meeting tonight.

Minibus in accident near Littlemore

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

9:10am Monday 22nd September 2014

A minibus carrying a group of youngsters was involved in a crash with a car on the A4142 Eastern Bypass. Three adults, 10 teenagers and a child were involved in the crash.

Electricity line drama after fire wrecks shed in Yarnton

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

9:10am Monday 22nd September 2014

Electricity cables collapsed after a blaze in a large garden shed in Yarnton on Sunday.

Attacks prompt appeals for more police on the streets

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

TWO men were last night in police custody after two women were raped in Oxford.

Shoppers jump in to stop would-be shoplifter

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

SHOPPERS stopped a would-be thief from escaping from a Wallingford supermarket without paying for a trolley full of goods.

Schoolboy back on the ball after ceramic skull ‘miracle’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

A YEAR ago schoolboy Ollie Kirk became one of the first people in the UK to have half of his skull replaced with a ceramic implant.

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