Lawyer Adele McDermott is about to lose her "HAT".
At the end of this month the Castle Vale Housing Action Trust - the driving force behind one of the country's most successful regeneration projects - comes to an end, also marking the conclusion of a significant chapter in the career of Ms McDermott, a property partner at the Wilkes Partnership.
Ms McDermott, who joined Wilkes in 1994, has been involved as legal adviser for the HAT from the very early days, working on all major regeneration and development projects on the Castle Vale estate and one of a small core team involved for the duration.
But there are new opportunities springing out of the project's completion.
Ms McDermott is also involved with Community Regeneration Partnership (CRP), a new initiative set up by HAT chief executive Angus Kennedy to provide consultancy services for other regeneration projects nationwide.
"It has been a real pleasure to work for the HAT over the past ten years and more," said Ms McDermott. "When I first started working on the project there were a series of ambitious plans being made to completely revitalise the Castle Vale estate.
"Looking back, through a lot of hard work and imagination from all involved, those plans have come to fruition in a tremendous success story that now leaves a lasting legacy for the future of the area and its residents.
"Such significant improvements have been made that Castle Vale HAT can justly claim to be the finest example of holistic regeneration - not only transforming the physical state of the area but improving the whole living environment for residents.
"CRP is a way of providing the skills and expertise we now possess to assist other regeneration schemes around the country. We can provide an agency to advise on entire regeneration projects, not just focusing on a particular area such as health or housing."
Six HATs were set up under the provisions of the Housing Act 1988 as non-departmental public bodies to regenerate some of the most deprived local authority estates in England.
Castle Vale, the largest post-war estate in Birmingham, is home to about 9,000 people. The HAT's 12-year, £270 million programme has resulted in the construction or improvement of over 3,400 homes, the redevelopment of Castle Vale's shopping centre, health, social and environmental schemes.
Legal work handled by Wilkes over the years includes the majority of all land and property acquisitions and disposals, as well as advising on the creation of appropriate company and legal structures to assist the HAT in achieving its corporate aims.
One major project was the development of the retail park and new Sainsbury's supermarket. Wilkes oversaw the making of a compulsory purchase order and worked towards achieving whole site assembly before overcoming a challenge at the Lands Tribunal.
From start finish the whole process took three and a half years.
Mr Kennedy said: "Adele has become an integral part of the HAT team over the past few years. We have all been delighted with the professionalism and quality of service provided by her and the team at Wilkes."