A sod-cutting ceremony has taken place to mark the start of work on the new Erdington Gardens housing development in Jarvis Road, Erdington.
The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) scheme will consist of 116 homes – 58 affordable rent and 58 for sale – and will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses and two-bedroom bungalows. The BMHT is Birmingham City Council’s award-winning house-building programme.
This will be the first BMHT scheme where the homes will be sold directly by the council using a sales service agreement with contractor Galliford Try Partnerships.
The event was attended by Councillor John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, as well as local ward councillors, council officers and representatives from Galliford Try.
Councillor Cotton said: “As a council, we are committed to not only closing the housing gap in Birmingham, but also providing the types of homes that people need thanks to Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust’s forward-thinking house-building strategy.
“I am absolutely delighted that work has now started on building these fantastic new homes for Birmingham families.”
James Warrington, managing director for Galliford Try Partnerships Central, said: “We are proud of our partnership with Birmingham City Council and are pleased to be building yet another high quality scheme for Birmingham.”
The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust Delivery Plan for 2015-2020 will deliver an estimated 2,056 homes, of which 1,456 will be new rented council homes. Through the BMHT, the city council has become the leading developer of new homes within the city, building more new homes than any other provider.