Work re-starts on housing scheme

Solihull-based Living Space Housing has restarted work on its scheme of 26 affordable homes located off Britannia Way in central Telford.

With all employees and contractors able to adhere to social distancing and safe working practices while the UK continues to be in a Covid-19 lockdown, this is the second site the company has been able to re-open and progress with.

Site cabins supplied by Albrighton-based Hire This that were originally destined for this development site were able to be re-routed and re-purposed as a Covid-19 Testing Centre at Wolverhampton Science Park.

The 26 homes are being delivered for Accord Housing and will all be available for affordable rent. The 1.3-acre brownfield site has a project development value in excess of £3.6m. It was previously a camping and caravan centre, which neighbours Hadley United Services Bowling Club.

Living Space Housing secured planning consent from Telford & Wrekin Council late last year to develop the 14 two and three-bedroom houses and 12 one and two-bedroom apartments.

The scheme has been designed by Birmingham-based BM3 Architects.

Steve Davies, managing director of Living Space Housing, said: “Construction work was paused on this site when the Prime Minister announced the UK was on lockdown. Our team has worked extremely hard over the past month to understand the impact of Covid-19 across our whole supply chain and to ensure all guidance regarding social distancing and hygiene can be adhered to. We are delighted that with the blessing of the Registered Provider we have in place for these 26 affordable homes, construction work can now recommence.

“This is our first project with Accord Housing and it is also our first development to get underway in Telford. We have recently secured another site in central Telford – off Majestic Way – for 39 homes and there is scope for us to deliver many more schemes here. We are therefore all delighted that construction work can progress safely at Britannia Way in order for us to deliver much-needed affordable homes.”