Kier gets £42m Walsall regeneration contract

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Walsall Housing Group (WHG) has selected Kier as development partner for the building of a mixed housing scheme across five sites in and around Walsall.

The £42 million project has received funding through the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the Affordable Homes Programme set to pave the way for new trade jobs.

The multi-site regeneration scheme, procured through the HCA Delivery Partner Panel (DPP) framework, will see Kier and WHG deliver a total of 186 open market sale homes and 154 affordable units, comprising a mix of two-bedroom apartments through to four-bedroom houses.

All properties will be delivered to Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, meaning the residents will benefit from reduced running costs for their new homes.

Kier Partnership Homes’ managing director, Chris King, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded these schemes; our winning strategy included innovative funding solutions, combined with our ability to deliver affordable housing.

“The project team has demonstrated true collaboration, and overcome many issues to ensure that the client can proceed with this much needed regeneration to the local area.”

Mark Tranter, head of development at WHG, said: “Kier was selected as WHG’s development partner through the HCA DPP framework. The innovative partnership will enable the delivery of 154 new build affordable rent homes during the next 18 months across five strategic sites providing Private Developer grant and cross subsidy from the 186 sale homes.”

The schemes will be located at Harrowby Road, Penine Way, Short Street, Somerfield Road and Wessex Close. Harrowby Road will be the first scheme on site, with the remaining four all starting by February 2014.

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