Brickies stars win 47-home job on former factory site

A social housing provider has joined forces with the stars of hit BBC series Brickies to create 47 eco-friendly homes in Lincolnshire.

ACIS Group has appointed Derby-based Hodgkinson Builders to build the scheme on Birch Road, Louth, where work has now begun on 30 affordable rented and 17 shared ownership properties.

The development is being built on land which stood disused for over a decade following the demolition of the former Wallis House factory.

The one, two and three-bed properties will include air source heat pumps rather than gas central heating, with some featuring solar panels and pre-installed car charging points.

Ben Radley, ACIS development project manager, said: “We are trying to future-proof these properties as far as we can.

“Also as part of working towards an economical-build, these homes will be timber-framed with alternative modern heating systems.”

ACIS obtained funds from East Lindsey District Council and Homes England for the development.

Hodgkinson Builders bought the land around three years ago and approached ACIS with a view to developing it for residential use.

Robert Hodgkinson, director at Hodgkinson Builders, said: “ACIS is a new client to us and things have started very well.

“The relationship is strong and we are looking at delivering a successful project, and hopefully the start of many.”

He added: “We are keen to make a positive and social change, and are delighted to be able to provide much-needed housing.”

The homes are due for completion in Spring 2025.

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