New Council homes complete with countryside views

By on 10/06/2011 in News

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing for Birmingham City Council, met tenants of the Council's newest affordable housing scheme in Bartley Green this week.

The new homes on the site of the Merritts Hill development were handed over by Frank Haslam Milan (FHM), the construction firm delivering the project.

The £2.5 million new build scheme comprises 20, two, three and four bed houses for affordable rent with six units available for outright sale. 

The scheme has been funded through a £12.5m programme of investment from the government's Homes and Communities Agency to support Birmingham City Council to build more council homes. 

Regeneration specialist FHM carried out the package of works on behalf of Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) which is currently spearheading the most ambitious programme of new council building Birmingham has seen in three decades.

The development boasts a number of eco-friendly features including rain water harvesting technology and photo-voltaic solar panels which will help reduce tenants' household bills.

FHM is also proud to have taken on four apprentices as part of the project, which started in July last year, across multi-skilled trades.

FHM's Site Manager Martin Gaffney said: “The development really does raise the bar in terms of how the housing scheme looks and how it's designed.

“The houses are very aesthetically pleasing and are bright and airy inside and I think they represent a turning point in terms of modern day building methods which will set the precedent for the entire region.”

Councillor Lines said: It is my absolute pleasure to hand over the keys to these new homes to some of our most deserving tenants. There aren't many affordable homes in the country enjoying positions such as these, we've ensured the most is made of the wonderful views of the green belt, Frankley Beeches and Bartley Green reservoir, some lucky tenants will even be able to watch the boats sailing on the reservoir from their lounge, balconies and bedroom windows.”

David Rhead, area manager for the Homes and Communities Agency, Midlands said: “We are delighted to have supported Birmingham City Council and FHM to deliver these new homes, which offer families in the city access to much-needed, high quality, affordable homes”. 


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  • Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) is part of the Keepmoat Group, a highly successful community regeneration organisation. Other group companies include Bramall Construction, Keepmoat Homes and Keepmoat Site Services.
  • FHM specialises in delivering innovative solutions to the refurbishment and construction of public sector housing. The company works throughout the Midlands, South West, South Wales, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside.
    The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas. 

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