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Work has started to transform the site of a former sheltered housing scheme in Lichfield into a multi-million pound housing development.

The site in Lower Sandford Street has stood empty ever since Bromford residents were moved from Sandford Gate to new purpose-built apartments back in 2013 as part of the overall £14m Friary Outer project. After successful demolition of the building, Bromford has now begun construction work on the new £6m city centre development called Lichfield One which is providing 33 modern apartments for outright sale.

Councillors, representatives from Lichfield District Council and Bromford directors attended a special sod-cutting ceremony on Friday 27th January to mark the start of the project. The site foundations are now being installed before the central steel structure begins to rise from the ground in March or April.

The development is a collection of 2-bed apartments, some offering panoramic views of Lichfield Cathedral, with car parking sitting in the heart of the regenerated part of the city where a new hotel, shops and restaurant was built around three years ago. The contemporary design with brickwork is complemented by coloured cladding and landscaped frontages.

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Penny Downing, Bromford’s sales and marketing director, said: “This area of Lichfield has been completely transformed thanks to the £14m Friary Outer project and with its close proximity to Beacon Park and Lichfield Cathedral, we expect Lichfield One to be extremely popular with a range of buyers including those looking for a first step on the property ladder and those downsizing and looking for that city centre lifestyle.

“There is still a huge shortage of housing in Staffordshire and nationally. As a financially strong organisation, Bromford recognise we have a central role to play in providing new homes to all sectors of the market. We continue to strive to maintain our efficiency in order to maximise our investment to produce new homes and offer great customer service.”

Chairman of Lichfield District Council, Councillor David Salter, added: “I was delighted to attend the formal launch of work starting on Lichfield One housing development. It is great to see the project really get underway as not only will it offer more city centre living, it will also improve the look and feel of the area once it has been redeveloped.”

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