First new council homes set to be handed over this summer

Friday, 14th June 2019

BUILDING work on the creation of 140 modern new council properties across two estates in Tamworth is progressing well with the first homes due to be handed over this summer.

Tamworth Borough Council, working in partnership with appointed developers, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, is building new houses in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and the Kerria Centre in Amington, in the largest council house building programme in the town for a generation.

The £19million construction phase of this huge regeneration project got underway at the end of last year following the demolition of 86 maisonettes at Tinkers Green and 36 maisonettes at Kerria.

A new estate of 96 homes is being created at Tinkers Green, including 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 is also being upgraded.

Twenty-five two-bedroom houses have been built so far; the majority of which are now cladded and watertight, and finishes and decorating has begun. A new residential road has been created off Tinkers Green Road, with work on a second (off Saxon Close) due to begin. Once completed, these will create easy access routes into the new development as well as onsite parking to ease traffic and congestion for residents who live nearby.

Foundations for further homes are also nearing completion with brickwork to continue in the coming weeks.

Progress on the Tinkers Green development

Progress on the Tinkers Green development

It is expected that keys to the first Tinkers Green properties will be handed over to residents this summer with further handovers to be phased throughout the rest of the project, which is due to be completed in autumn 2020.

A total of 44 modern new homes are being built at the former Kerria site, consisting of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses and a retail facility.

A number of houses have been built so far, with timber floors and roofs currently being constructed. A new residential road has been created and groundwork is due to start on the apartment buildings and retail facility this month.

It is anticipated that the first residents will be welcomed to this site in the autumn.

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Cllr Michelle Cook, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Housing Services and Communities, said: “We are committed to providing quality social housing that is fit for 21stcentury living. This means providing additional homes and also investing in our existing stock to ensure the homes we provide remain fit for purpose. The significant investment at Tinkers Green and Kerria will enable us to offer attractive, modern houses that people are proud to call home.

“It’s great to see the construction phase is progressing so well. The new estates are taking shape and are on course to welcome their first families this summer, which is fantastic news.”

Foundations on the Kerria development

Foundations on the Kerria development

Paul Clarke, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, added: “It’s great to see these new homes taking shape. We are looking forward to handing over the first properties in the coming weeks and building more much-needed affordable housing in Wilnecote and Amington.”

Residents living near both development sites are being kept informed throughout the various stages of construction and this will continue as the project progresses.

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care on 0800 652 5080, or via email at centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com.

People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk