WITH work due to begin on a multi-million pound regeneration project to build 140 modern new council homes across two sites in Tamworth, we’ve spoken to the developer to find out some more.
There was recently two ‘Meet the Developer’ events held by the developer ENGIE and Tamworth Borough Council, but we are aware that not everyone interested could get to the event, so we wanted to speak to the developer and find out some more information.
ENGIE, who have a base in Coleshill will be developing homes in Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and the Kerria Centre in Amington on behalf of Tamworth Borough Council. The project represents the biggest house building programme by Tamworth Borough Council since the 1970’s.
Garreth Jones, the Design Lead from ENGIE told us how it was a privilege to work on the project, he said: “I am originally from Amington and most of my family are still there. It is a wonderful thing to be working so close to home on development. I have worked on developments all over the Country but this one really a lot to me because it is so close to home and to my heart.”
The Kerria Centre scheme will see the existing three and four-storey 1970’s maisonettes replaced with 44 modern new homes and a 360m2 supermarket retail store. The new estate will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses. Demolition on the existing estate is expected to start this summer.
The Tinkers Green estate will be made up of 96 homes, comprising of 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area will also be upgraded. Following the earlier demolition of the existing 1960s blocks, construction is expected to start shortly.
In the exclusive interview below, you can hear all about the developments and what is planned for the area.
Cllr Steven Claymore, Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth at Tamworth Borough Council told Tamworth Informed that the redevelopment was necessary as the Council were having problems leasing the properties at both the Kerria and Tinkers Green Road sites as people did not want to live there. He said: “The houses had issues with condensation and the choice was, do we put money in and redevelop them as they were, or do we knock them down.”
He went on to say: ” On the basis that the Kerria and Tinkers Green had a bit of a reputation as well, we felt it better to knock them down and replace them totally.”
Cllr Michelle Thurgood, the Cabinet member for housing services and neighbourhoods, said: “This project represents a huge investment in our council housing stock, with the aim of providing affordable homes that are modern, family-friendly and fit for 21st-century living. We’ve reached a key stage in the process and construction work is now imminent on the Tinkers Green site, with the demolition of the Kerria site to follow this summer.”