£2.8m regeneration project in Warwickshire now completed
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The completion of a new regeneration project in North Warwickshire has been celebrated by council leaders and contractors – and has been highly commended by a national body.
A derelict site which was a former miner's welfare club in New Arley has been regenerated into a residential development of 42 new houses.
We have worked alongside Coventry-based Deeley Construction and Cassidy Group developers to create the two, three and four bedroom properties.
The scheme was highly commended in the Premier Guarantee Excellent Awards 2014 and the houses are now available to first-time buyers for shared ownership, shared equity and for rent.
The development is supported by North Warwickshire Borough Council and with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. Each property on the development meets Code 3 of the national Code For Sustainable Homes, ensuring they are energy efficient, helping to reduce the utility bills of the homeowner.
Our development manager, Mark Bridge, believes the development brings much-needed affordable housing within the North Warwickshire borough.
He said: “We have been delighted to be able to work with our partners to successfully deliver much-needed, high-quality affordable housing to meet the needs of the local community. The successful development of this type of scheme requires the support and efforts of many parties, but the results are well worth all the hard work, and it is a welcome addition to the area.”
The scheme was also a shining example of bringing young people into the construction industry with Deeley Construction employing three trainees on the scheme to give them hands-on experience. The trainees have remained with the company and are continuing to progress their careers.
Steve Turner, construction director of Deeley Construction, said: “In the last 12 months we have provided affordable housing in Leamington Spa, Nuneaton and Arley, all of which has been done through our local supply chain.
“On top of that, it has given us the opportunity to bring new talent into the industry and that is absolutely vital – not only for Deeley but for construction as a whole.
John Hannon, development manager of Cassidy Group, added: “We are very excited to be developing much-needed quality homes for the people of Arley and providing the opportunities for trainees to learn important new skills.”
Councillor John Winter, Chair of Housing – North Warwickshire Borough Council, said: “This was a much-needed housing development based on the Housing Needs Survey which helped families within the village to access affordable housing whether it be rented or being able to get a foot on the home ownership ladder.
“The development has helped to lead the way forward in regards to work experience for local people on site, opening up employment opportunities and we are very pleased to have been a part of something that has had such a positive outcome.
“I am sure the residents will be very happy in their new homes and, ultimately, that is what all the hard work has been for.”
Pictured (left to right): John Hannon (Cassidy Group), Cllr John Moore (NWBC), Paul Roberts (NWBC), Miss Nicola Murray (tenant) and her daughter, Frankie, Nathan Deen (Bromford), Cllr John Winter (North Warwickshire Borough Council), Steve Turner (Deeley Construction)