Barton Hill was a New Deal for Communities (NDC) area which received 50 million pounds from the government to improve the neighbourhood. This was a resident led programme which ran from 2000 to 2010.

Residents, local businesses and stakeholders identified new affordable housing as well as artwork and cultural activity as a priority for the area.

Through the planning process, artist David Cotterell worked with the community to incorporate elements of public art into the new housing developments.

One of these concepts is the listening posts project, which brings the stories of residents from the past and present into the public realm, linking the new homes to the existing community.