Construction begins on £27M urban village in Shard End

By on 30/11/2010 in News

A ground breaking £27 million regeneration scheme in Shard End, Hodge Hill, is underway to deliver an urban village that will completely rejuvenate the area.

Delivering an extensive new shopping centre, a new library, 191 new homes and community facilities, the urban village will act as a new focus for the local community.

The mixed-use village will contain 2,000 square metres of retail and leisure space, on Ownall Road. A new vicarage will also form part of the new development. All these will be arranged around a central square and  All Saints Church to create a safe, secure and pleasant living environment.

67 of the homes being built will be affordable homes including 41 for social rent, with 20 of these larger 4-bed family homes. The former housing on the site mainly consisted of small properties and the provision of new family sized properties in the area will be of great benefit attracting families into the area and creating a catalyst for further regeneration and growth.

Birmingham City Council worked collaboratively with the Homes and Communities Agency, City Housing Partnership and developers Barratt West Midlands to secure funding for the scheme, which is going ahead despite the challenging economic climate.

The HCA provided £4.8 million towards the scheme, with £1 million coming from Birmingham City Council and £150,000 from the City Housing Partnership through the Working Neighbourhoods Fund. The bulk of the investment, £21 million, has been invested by Barratt West Midlands.

The council selected Barratt in 2007 as their development partner to produce  regeneration plans for Shard End Crescent which involved planning, design, development and delivery.

The demolition of poor quality housing and retail stock will continue, although to ensure the transfer of local services is as convenient as possible for residents, the new shopping centre will be built and opened before the existing one is demolished.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a huge boost for local people in Shard End. New homes, new facilities, new shops and the creation of a safe, secure and welcoming centre for local people is the result of years of planning and development.

“I'm delighted that after the tireless efforts of officers behind the scenes, we are now in a position where we can deliver major regeneration to this area.

“I'm particularly proud this scheme is going ahead, despite the challenges of the economic climate and I give thanks to our partners for their efforts in transforming this neighbourhood.”

Cabinet Member for Regeneration Councillor Timothy Huxtable said:  “The start of this project is testament to the strong partnership built between all partners involved, and done so at a time when development has been difficult to sustain.  Not only is this significant for Shard End but it continues the message that Birmingham will continue to invest and drive forward regeneration projects that will benefit the people who live here.”

Paul Spooner, director for the Homes and Communities Agency West Midlands said: “We are delighted that HCA investment has enabled work to get underway to deliver these much-needed affordable homes.  It is a massive boost to the community of Shard End - improving access to high quality affordable housing and creating local jobs.”

Adrian Farr, Managing Director, Barratt West Midlands said: “We are delighted to be part of the Shard End project, which demonstrates our commitment to the regeneration in the West Midlands region as well as our philosophy of partnering with a range of organisations to bring about a positive change to this community.

“The scheme has already created two   apprenticeships and a further two will follow next year. Local tradesmen and suppliers are already working with us on this scheme and this will continue throughout the project.

Construction work has begun in earnest and we hope to have the first properties at the development, which has been named The Crescent, ready for occupation in March 2011.”

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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