Foundations for first council homes laid by Councillor John Lines

By on 25/03/2010 in News

The foundations for Birmingham's first major council house building programme in almost three decades have been laid by Councillor John Lines.

Apprentice Harry Brindley, Councillor John Lines, Fraser Mercer (Managing Director FHM) and apprentice Thomas Levill

Apprentice Harry Brindley, Councillor John Lines, Fraser Mercer (Managing Director FHM) and apprentice Thomas Levill

Coleshill-based firm Frank Haslam Milan West Midlands, a Keepmoat delivery company, has secured a multi million pound  contract for  Brooklea Grove, Kings Norton which will consist of 43 homes, comprising a fully adapted three bedroom house for a family with a wheelchair user, 22 two bedroom houses, 9 three bedroom houses and 11 four bedroom houses.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing and a team of construction apprentices were on hand to lay a symbolic “Golden Brick” as part of the foundations for the scheme. The young apprentices have been taken on as part of a £15 million investment in building 129 new council homes across this site and three others by Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The new homes will showcase high quality design and environmental standards which will reduce running costs and energy bills for residents.

The works will be completed to the Government's deadline of March 2011 and include associated car parking, external works, landscaping, drainage, rainwater harvesting and external services.

Councillor Lines, said, “I am delighted by the tremendous progress that has been made by our partners FHM which shows their commitment and desire to help us achieve our ambition to provide new homes for the people of this city. It is now becoming a reality for the local people in Kings Norton.

“It was great to be here today and to be involved with laying the first bricks for new council homes and to catch up with the apprentices who I met earlier this year.
“These council homes are great news for Birmingham's economy and the private construction industry. Not only is the scheme building new homes, but it has already helped create valuable apprenticeships for our young people.”

FHM's Managing Director Fraser Mercer added, “In spite of the recession, this marks a bright start for housing in Birmingham.

“We are really proud to be building the first council homes in the city for the last three decades – and we hope to set new standards in quality, design and affordability.”


For more information please contact Tony Ingham, IPB Communications tel: 0161 975 4313, email: Belinder Kaur Lidher at Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 6969

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