£11m project underway to transform low-rise residential buildings

A residential renovation scheme is underway at The Lakes in Oldbury for Sandwell Council, led by the specialist refurbishment team from housing provider Lovell Partnerships.

The £11m refurbishment of The Lakes will transform five existing low-rise residential buildings to create modern, council-owned social accommodation with “high-standard provision” suitable for rent.

Located in Badsey Road, the refurbishment will see an additional storey added to each building, creating 20 new two-bedroom apartments.

As part of the project, an additional block containing six shops and six homes will also be refurbished to complete the transformation of the estate.

Carl Yale, regional refurbishment director at Lovell Partnerships, said: “The scheme is a fantastic example of how we can work with local authority partners to transform their existing buildings to improve the thermal performance and aesthetics for local people, creating new   high-quality desirable homes.

“We’re really pleased to have work underway at The Lakes, where we will also be creating additional homes through extending up as well as refurbishing and retrofitting the existing buildings.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the scheme progress – and to seeing residents and the wider community benefiting from the work once completed.”

Cllr Charn Singh Padda, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This development is a key example of our Vision 2030 aim of having many new homes to meet a full range of housing needs in attractive neighbourhoods and close to key transport routes. It shows the importance that Sandwell Council places on creating high-quality new homes for Sandwell residents while continuing to invest in our council stock.”