New Housing Development in Gilson Way, Kingshurst

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) has just started work on its biggest ever new housing development bringing £3.5m regeneration investment to North Solihull.

The West Midlands housing organisation plans to breathe new life into a previously rundown area by building 24 much-needed affordable homes. The site, at Gilson Way in Kingshurst, has stood empty for several years.

However, Kier Partnership Homes, have now got the building underway after successfully   going through a tendering process. The cash injection comes from grant funding through the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Homes Programme.

Steve Boyd, Chief Executive of SCH, which manages council housing across the borough on behalf of Solihull Council, said: "We are delighted to be helping to create new homes in an area short of modern affordable properties.

"This is a significant development that is going to help give the whole area a lift, provide housing that local people will want to live in and is another example of regeneration investment in North Solihull."

The single site development will consist of six two-bed homes, 14 three-bed and four four-bed properties. They will be delivered to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, meaning the residents will benefit from reduced running costs for their new homes.

Kier Partnership Homes managing director Chris King, added: "We are delighted to have been selected as development partner for this prestigious scheme. These much needed high quality homes will make a huge difference to the local community."

The regeneration scheme is expected to take around a year to complete with the work due to be completed by June 2014.

  • Photo Caption – Pictured at the Gilson Way development in Kingshurst are Solihull Community Housing's chief executive Steve Boyd with Kier Partnership Homes'  managing director Chris King, along with Ian Brettle (Kier Contracts Manager), Alan Bartlett (Kier Site Manager) Karen Preece (SCH Finance Director) and Kevin Donohoe (Head of Mechanical, Electrical and Development)