BMHT celebrates 2,000th home milestone

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(L-R) Cllr Ziaul Islam, Cllr Nagina Kauser and Cllr Tahir Ali hand over the keys to tenants Mahadia Abdelrahman and Salih Kharif

Birmingham City Council is celebrating the completion of the 2,000th home built through its own award-winning house-building programme, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).

The property, in Alma Street North, Newtown, was officially handed over to tenants Salih Kharif and his wife Mahadia Abdelrahman by Councillor Tahir Ali, the council’s cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, in a ceremony which was also attended by Aston ward councillors.

Moving into the modern, energy efficient home has enabled the family’s three children to each have their own bedrooms as well as being able to play in a generous-sized private garden.

The 2,000th home milestone is a culmination of 1,125 homes built for rent and almost 900 built for sale since the council launched the BMHT programme. The council has more than 200 rented homes currently under construction on 17 sites and plans to build around 1,800 further new homes for rent and market sale between now and 2020, in order to help close the city’s housing gap.

Councillor Ali said: “I am delighted that we have reached this hugely significant milestone. The council is now the largest developer of new homes in the city but there is no limit to our house-building ambitions to meet the huge demand we have for new, modern family homes.

“It is particularly important that we are providing hundreds of new affordable homes for Birmingham residents to rent, as well as working with the private sector to build new homes for sale.”

Councillor John Cotton, cabinet member for neighbourhood management and homes, said: “People deserve good quality homes, so this achievement is fantastic news, demonstrating how BMHT continues to go from strength to strength in the way it delivers decent, affordable homes that residents will want to live in and will enjoy for many years to come.”

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(L-R) tenants Salih Kharif and Mahadia Abdelrahman with Cllr Tahir Ali, Cllr Nagina Kauser and Cllr Ziaul Islam

The 2,000th home is part of the Horizon development being built by Keepmoat Homes and designed by Birmingham-based BM3 Architecture. It is due to complete later in 2016.

The council, through BMHT, provides new homes that are economic to run, look attractive and meet the needs of Birmingham’s residents. Homes are carefully designed to Building for Life Standards and are Secure by Design compliant, incorporating the latest building technologies for creating lower running costs for both tenants and owners.

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NOTES TO EDITORS: High resolution versions of these photographs, including captions, can be downloaded from the Birminghamnewsroom Flickr account here.

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