Construction restarts on affordable housing scheme in Kidderminster

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Victoria Carpets Sports Ground,

Construction work is set to restart on the former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground in Kidderminster after work was halted due to Covid-19

The £8m affordable housing scheme at the former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground was close to ‘topping out’ the first tranche of new homes prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Living Space Housing sourced the land, secured planning and is constructing the scheme for affordable housing provider Stonewater.

Social distancing and hygiene

Steve Davies, managing director of Living Space Housing, said: “Construction work had been moving on at pace here prior to all work being paused 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 Stonewater’s blessing, we can now recommence work and deliver these 48 much-needed affordable homes to the Kidderminster housing market.”

Davies added: “This expansive scheme has driven us to set up the extensive supply chain we now have in place across Living Space’s development portfolio. We are very grateful for the support from our subcontractors, consultants and the team at Stonewater at this unprecedented time.”

Matt Crucefix, director of development (West) at Stonewater, added: “We’re pleased that we’re able to continue work at the former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground. Our number one priority has always been, and will always be, the health and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues.

“We have endeavoured to, where safe and within government guidelines, to continue with developing the much-needed and affordable homes that will help to reduce the housing crisis in high demand areas like Kidderminster.”

Affordable housing scheme

The previously derelict former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground site is located off Spennells Valley Road and neighbours Kidderminster Golf Course. Once completed, 60% of the homes will be available for affordable rent, with the remainder available to buy through Stonewater’s shared ownership scheme.

The developable area is enclosed by mature trees and the new homes are being constructed using two complementary types of red brick, as well as render. The properties will be surrounded by public open space and a newly created ecological area.

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