Councillors and tenants give seal of approval to new council homes

TinkersGreenteamWilnecote councillors and tenant representatives have given their seal of approval to brand new homes built in Tinkers Green, before they are handed over to new families this month.

Keys to the first six two-bedroom houses of the new estate will be handed over to residents on the council’s Housing Register before the end of July, providing much-needed modern and affordable accommodation.

Work is progressing well to create a new estate of 96 homes on the site of the former Tinkers Green maisonettes, which will be completed in phases over the next 12 to 18 months.

The first homes are now ready and the three Wilnecote ward councillors and representatives of the council’s Tenants Consultative Group were able to have a look round the properties and see what’s on offer.

Cllr Tina Clements said: “I’m really impressed. These homes are spacious, modern and give a new look to the Wilnecote street scene, which is just what was needed.”

Cllr Roy Rogers said: “I’m amazed at the rate of progress on the site; the new homes and their frontages look great and there’s lots of space out the front too.”

Cllr Patrick Standen said: “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of council housing, it’s nice to see more council homes being built in Tamworth.”

Chairperson of the Tenants Consultative Group, Iris Clements, said: “I was very, very impressed; they are lovely new homes. They have thought of absolutely everything. Some of us in this group have been involved in the consultation on the Tinkers Green and Kerria project from when it was first spoken about so it’s nice to see the first homes completed. I think families will be very happy with them.”

Tamworth Borough Council, working in partnership with appointed developers, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, is building the new houses in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and at the Kerria Centre in Amington, in the largest council house building programme in the town for a generation.

The £19million construction phase of this huge regeneration project got underway at the end of last year following the demolition of 86 maisonettes at Tinkers Green and 36 maisonettes at Kerria.

A new estate of 96 homes is being created at Tinkers Green, including 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area is also being upgraded.

A total of 44 modern new homes are being built at the former Kerria site, consisting of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses, plus a retail facility.

It is anticipated that the first residents will be welcomed to the Kerria site in the autumn.

Cllr Michelle Cook, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Housing Services and Communities, said: “We are committed to providing quality social housing that is fit for 21st century living. This means providing additional homes and also investing in our existing stock to ensure the homes we provide remain fit for purpose. The significant investment at Tinkers Green and Kerria will enable us to offer attractive, modern houses.

“It’s great to see the construction phase is progressing so well; the houses built so far look really good and I’m sure their new residents will be proud to call them home.”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, added: “The aim for all partners involved in these projects was to create high quality affordable homes for local people, so we’re delighted that these new properties are already proving so popular. Both developments are really starting to take shape now and I’m sure the new residents will be very happy here.”

Residents living near both development sites are being kept informed throughout the various stages of construction and this will continue as the project progresses.

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care on 0800 652 5080, or via email at centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com.

People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk

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July 16, 2019 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

First new council homes set to be handed over this summer

TinkersGreen-houseBuilding work on the creation of 140 modern new council properties across two estates in Tamworth is progressing well with the first homes due to be handed over this summer.

Tamworth Borough Council, working in partnership with appointed developers, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, is building new houses in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and the Kerria Centre in Amington, in the largest council house building programme in the town for a generation.

The £19million construction phase of this huge regeneration project got underway at the end of last year following the demolition of 86 maisonettes at Tinkers Green and 36 maisonettes at Kerria.

A new estate of 96 homes is being created at Tinkers Green, including 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area is also being upgraded.

Twenty-five two-bedroom houses have been built so far; the majority of which are now cladded and water tight, and finishes and decorating has begun. A new residential road has been created off Tinkers Green Road, with work on a second (off Saxon Close) due to begin. Once completed, these will create easy access routes into the new development as well as onsite parking to ease traffic and congestion for residents who live nearby.

Foundations for further homes are also nearing completion with brick work to continue in the coming weeks.

It is expected that keys to the first Tinkers Green properties will be handed over to residents this summer with further handovers to be phased throughout the rest of the project, which is due to be completed in autumn 2020.

A total of 44 modern new homes are being built at the former Kerria site, consisting of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses and a retail facility.

A number of houses have been built so far, with timber floors and roofs currently being constructed. A new residential road has been created and groundwork is due to start on the apartment buildings and retail facility this month.

It is anticipated that the first residents will be welcomed to this site in the autumn.

Cllr Michelle Cook, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Housing Services and Communities, said: “We are committed to providing quality social housing that is fit for 21st century living. This means providing additional homes and also investing in our existing stock to ensure the homes we provide remain fit for purpose. The significant investment at Tinkers Green and Kerria will enable us to offer attractive, modern houses that people are proud to call home.

“It’s great to see the construction phase is progressing so well. The new estates are taking shape and are on course to welcome their first families this summer, which is fantastic news.”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, added: “It’s great to see these new homes taking shape. We are looking forward to handing over the first properties in the coming weeks and building more much-needed affordable housing in Wilnecote and Amington.”

Residents living near both development sites are being kept informed throughout the various stages of construction and this will continue as the project progresses.

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care on 0800 652 5080, or via email at centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com.

People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk

June 14, 2019 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

Work begins to create modern new Kerria council homes

Kerria-ground-breaking3The biggest programme of council house building in a generation reached another important milestone this week with a special ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work at the former Kerria Centre site.

Tamworth Borough Council is building 140 modern new council homes across two sites in Tamworth. Construction of 96 homes at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote got underway in October, and the building of 44 homes at the Kerria Centre, Amington, began in earnest with the official sod-cutting this week.

The site’s 36 former three and four storey 1970s maisonettes were demolished over the autumn so they can be replaced with a brand new estate of modern council homes, fit for 21st century living.

During the coming months, the site will slowly be transformed as the estate takes shape. It will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses, eight three-bedroom houses and a 360m2 retail facility.

The multi-million pound project is being carried out by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE on behalf of Tamworth Borough Council.

Residents living nearby have been consulted throughout the development proposals, with opportunities to view plans, meet the developer and suggest new road names, and this will continue as the project progresses.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for heritage and growth, said: “The redevelopment of the Kerria and Tinkers Green is the biggest council house building programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide new homes that are fit for 21st century living.

“We’ve reached a key stage in the process with construction now underway on both sites, so it’s full steam ahead.”

Cllr Michelle Cook, Cabinet member for housing services and neighbourhoods, added: “This project represents a huge investment in our council housing stock, with the aim of providing affordable new homes that are modern, family-friendly and fit for purpose. The Kerria centre was in desperate need of regeneration so it’s great to see another big milestone being reached.”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director at ENGIE’s Places and Communities division said: “We’re delighted to begin the construction of these high quality affordable new homes at Kerria, now that the demolition of the centre is complete.

“The regeneration of these much-loved estates will provide a significant boost to Tamworth, both by helping to meet local affordable housing needs and through the creation of employment and training opportunities.”

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care line on 0800 652 5080, or by emailing centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com. People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

December 20, 2018 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Work begins on largest council house building programme for a generation – Tinkers Green

003-sf-engie-tinkers-green-road-ground-breakingBuilding work has officially started on the creation of 140 modern new council homes across two estates in Tamworth.

Tamworth Borough Council, working in partnership with appointed developers, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, is building new houses in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and the Kerria Centre in Amington, in the largest council house building programme in the town for a generation.

The £19million construction phase of this huge regeneration project officially got underway on Monday, October 1st, with a traditional sod-cutting ceremony at the Tinkers Green site attended by representatives from the partnership.

The 86 maisonettes that stood on the site were demolished last year to make way for 96 new homes. These will include 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area will also be upgraded.

Demolition is currently underway at the Kerria Centre where the 36 existing maisonettes are being replaced with 44 modern new homes and a retail facility. The site will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses. Construction work at the Kerria site is due to begin this autumn.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “This regeneration project has been a long time in the planning so it’s great to see that the development work is really gathering pace now. The traditional sod-cutting ceremony marked the official start of construction work at Tinkers Green, with Kerria to follow soon, and we look forward to seeing the new homes taking shape in the coming months.”

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, said: “As a council we are committed to providing quality social housing that is fit for 21st century living, and in the last two years we have built 19 new council homes at various sites across the borough.

“However, it’s not just about building additional new homes. We also have to invest in our existing stock to ensure the homes we provide remain fit for purpose, and this was no longer the case at Tinkers Green and Kerria. This investment will provide modern, attractive houses that people will be proud to call ‘home’.”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, added: “So much planning, design and consultation has gone into the creation of these homes and it’s exciting to finally see them coming to life. We are committed to working with our partners across the West Midlands to create places where local people want to live, work and play, so we are honoured to have been given the opportunity to do that here in Tamworth.”

Residents living near both development sites are being kept informed throughout the various stages of construction and this will continue as the project progresses.

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care on 0800 652 5080, or via email at centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com.

People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

October 4, 2018 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Demolition starts as Kerria Centre makes way for modern new council homes

Kerria-demolitionDemolition work has now started to remove unsuitable homes and retail units in the Kerria Centre, ahead of plans to build a brand new estate of modern council homes, fit for 21stcentury living, along with a new retail facility.

The existing buildings are slowly being removed from the Amington landscape so the site can be transformed as part of the largest programme of council house building in a generation.

Tamworth Borough Council is embarking on an ambitious programme to build 140 brand new council homes across two sites. A total of 44 will be built on the Kerria Centre site and a further 96 are being built at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote.

The existing 1960s maisonettes on the Tinkers Green estate were demolished last year and appointed developers ENGIE are already on that site ready to start construction this month.

The demolition of the Kerria work marks another significant phase of the project and is being carried out by City Demolition.

So far, all licensed materials and fixtures and fittings have been removed and excavators have moved on to site for the mechanical excavation, which involves carefully dismantling buildings piece by piece so that materials can be separated and preserved for recycling.

Overall, the demolition process is expected to take around 16 weeks. Contractors are then expected to start work on site this autumn.

Redevelopment of the Kerria Centre will see the 36 flats being replaced with 44 eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses. There will also be a new 360m2retail store.

Residents living nearby have been consulted throughout the development proposals, with opportunities to view plans, meet the developer and suggest new road names, and this will continue as the project progresses.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for heritage and growth, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and the Kerria is the biggest council housing programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide new homes that are fit for 21st century living. We’ve reached a key stage in the process with construction imminent on the Tinkers Green site, and demolition of the Kerria site now underway.”

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for housing services and neighbourhoods, added: “This project represents a huge investment in our council housing stock, with the aim of providing affordable new homes that are modern, family-friendly and fit for purpose. It’s great to see another big milestone being reached.”

Neil Baxter, New Business Director for ENGIE’s Place & Communities division, said: “Now that the demolition of the Kerria estate has begun, we are working with our partners to ensure that the site is dismantled safely and with consideration for the surrounding community. Our business specialises in transforming brownfield land like this into much-needed new energy efficient housing for local people, and we are looking forward to completing this key stage over the coming weeks so that construction work can begin.”

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care line on 0800 652 5080, or by emailing centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com. People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

September 18, 2018 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Residents invited to ‘Meet the Developer’ ahead of major regeneration work

Tinkers Green view1.jpgResidents in Wilnecote and Amington are reminded to take the opportunity to ‘Meet the Developer’ next week ahead of major regeneration work to build 140 modern new council homes across two sites in Tamworth.

A total of 96 new homes are being built in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and 44 in the Kerria Centre, Amington, as part of Tamworth Borough Council’s largest programme of housebuilding for a generation.

The multi-million pound project is being carried out by appointed developer, ENGIE’s regeneration arm, formerly known as Keepmoat Regeneration.

Existing 1960s maisonettes on the Tinkers Green estate have already been demolished and construction work on the new homes is due to begin next month, while demolition of the existing Kerria estate is expected to start this summer.

Residents living near both sites are now being invited to ‘Meet the Developer’ to find out more about the construction phase in preparation for this key project milestone.

Details of the events are as follows:

  • Kerria Centre plans: Monday, June 25, 5pm to 6.30pm. Presentation suite, Landau Forte Academy, Woodland Road, Amington.
  • Tinkers Green plans: Wednesday, June 27, 5pm to 6.30pm. Common room, Wilnecote High School, Tinkers Green Road, Wilnecote.

Representatives from ENGIE and Tamworth Borough Council will be on hand at both events to provide residents with the opportunity to ask any questions and find out more about the construction phase. Staff will also discuss the duration of the development and scope of the work, as well as practical details such as pedestrian and traffic routes, site working hours, contact details and measures being put in place to minimise the impact on surrounding communities.

Paul Clarke, Regional Director at Engie, said: “We are passionate about working closely with, and being part of, the communities that we serve and events like these are a great opportunity for local residents to meet the project team and find out about work taking place. We are looking forward to meeting as many of our soon-to-be neighbours as possible to develop communication links and start our considerate planning activities.”

The Kerria Centre scheme will see the existing three and four storey 1970s maisonettes being replaced with 44 modern new homes and a 360m2 supermarket retail store. The site will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses.

The Tinkers Green estate will be made up of 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area will also be upgraded.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for housing services and neighbourhoods, said: “This project represents a huge investment in our council housing stock, with the aim of providing affordable homes that are modern, family-friendly and fit for 21st century living. We’ve reached a key stage in the process and construction work is now imminent on the Tinkers Green site, with demolition of the Kerria site to follow this summer.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for heritage and growth, added: “These are significant developments and it is our upmost priority to keep residents informed throughout the project and to minimise any disruption during the coming construction works. We’d encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to meet the builder so they can find out exactly what will happen and when, and discover who they can contact should any issues arise throughout the development.”

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project in the meantime can contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

July 23, 2018 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Detailed plans for 140 new council homes get the go ahead

A major £21.5million regeneration project to build 140 modern new council homes across two sites in Tamworth will soon get underway after the developments were given the final go ahead by Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

Detailed planning applications for the new housing estates at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and the Kerria Centre in Amington have now been approved in full, with the anticipation that contractors will start work on site in the coming weeks.

Designs for 44 new homes at the Kerria Centre and 96 at Tinkers Green were put forward by appointed developer, ENGIE’s regeneration arm (formerly known as Keepmoat Regeneration).

The Kerria Centre scheme will see the existing three and four storey 1970s maisonettes being replaced with 44 modern new homes and a 360m2 supermarket retail store.

Detailed plans showing the layout, scale, appearance and landscaping of the development were approved by members of the Planning Committee at the end of February. The site will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses.

Demolition work on the existing estate is expected to start this summer.

Detailed plans for the Tinkers Green development were approved at the Planning Committee held on March 27, with an amendment to previously submitted designs. It was agreed that a three-storey block of six apartments will instead be replaced by four two-storey houses.  An additional property will be added to the scheme elsewhere, resulting in one less home overall than was previously planned.

The new Tinkers Green estate will now be made up of 96 homes, comprising 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two bedroom apartments, 44 two bedroom houses, 19 three bedroom houses and three four bedroom houses. The existing play area will be upgraded.

The existing seven blocks of three and four storey maisonettes from the 1960s were demolished last year and developers are expected on site in the coming weeks.

Residents living near both sites have been consulted on the project throughout and have given their opinions on equipment choices for the new Tinkers Green play area and new street names for the estates, which will be revealed in due course. They will also be kept up to date with progress by ENGIE through various community engagement projects in the coming months.

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project in the meantime can contact Tamworth Borough Council’s  Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

March 29, 2018 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

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