A FLATS complex with a troubled history has been given a new lease of life.
And a team of security officers has been praised for helping to bring order to the once crime-ridden Berry Brow complex.
In recognition of their efforts they been named Best Team in the Yorkshire round of the British Security Industry Association's Annual Security Officer Awards.
The team members work for Constant Security Services, based at Kirklees Council's Holme Park and Bishops Court flats.
They were nominated for their high level of dedication and motivation, which has hugely reduced crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
Michael Lee, the company's managing director, said: "The team should be immensely proud of their achievements.
"They are a mutually supportive team that excel both as individuals and while working together. They are focused on quality service.
"It is their commitment that has lead to a palpable improvement in the quality of life for the tenants."
David Detraux, senior estate manager for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, said: "The security team has made a real contribution to turning the estate around and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
"They have gone beyond the call of duty, making a special effort to help vulnerable residents.
"A few years ago there were severe problems associated with the flats and the security team were brought in as a matter of urgency to address them.
"There was a high level of crime and a huge fear of it. Residents needed a 24-hour presence to turn to for support.
"By bringing in the team we have managed to turn the situation around to bring the problems under control.
"Now the future looks bright.
"The flats are now an entirely different place to live for residents. They are safe and secure and there is a healthy waiting list of people wanting to move in.
"I am very pleased that the team has won this award.
"It is well deserved and I hope they continue to go from strength to strength."
Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing hopes to continue the team's good work by developing projects targeted at improving the quality of life for residents.
Team members will look at various subjects, including education and sport.
The Constant Security Services team, having won the Yorkshire round of the competition, will go forward to the national judging phase.
The winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on July 5.