£19m council regeneration project completes

A £19m project to build 140 houses across two estates in Tamworth’s biggest council house building programme for a generation is now complete.

Appointed developer, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, has handed 44-home estate at Kerria over to the council this month.

It follows the completion of the 96-home new estate at Tinkers Green in December and marks the end of the huge project to redevelop old and outdated homes across the two sites.

The Kerria redevelopment has seen 38 maisonettes replaced with 44 new homes, made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses, plus a retail facility.

At the Tinkers Green site, 86 maisonettes were replaced with 96 homes. These are made up of 30 two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three bedroom-houses and three four bedroom houses.

All properties at Tinkers Green are now occupied and the final few properties are currently being allocated at the Kerria site in the coming weeks.

Cllr Michelle Cook, Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The handing over of the redeveloped Kerria marks the end of a massive regeneration project in two areas of Tamworth.

“The end result is exactly what we set out to achieve and I am really proud to see a beautifully designed estate that will provide good quality social housing that is fit for the 21st century and is now somewhere that residents will be proud to call home.”

Lee Stoneystreet, regional director at ENGIE, said: “The completion of this project marks the end of an era for the team involved, we’re so proud to make a difference to people’s lives by providing quality, safe and warm homes.

“Community regeneration is something we’re very passionate about at ENGIE, and what we’ve achieved together at Tinkers Green and Kerria has been a great example of that. I hope the families moving in enjoy their new homes for many years to come.”