A scheme to build 58 energy efficient family homes on brownfield land in Walton that has stood empty for 15 years, has started on-site.
Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has appointed MCI Developments to carry out the work that will see 45 two-bed houses and 13 three-bed properties built on the former Dunlop factory in Hazeldale Road.
Funding for the project comes from the Homes and Communities Agency’s 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme.
LMH successfully applied to draw down funding for the scheme in advance so it could begin early.
The homes will reach Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes with energy saving measures including state-of-the-art boilers, double-glazing and wall and loft insulation that is above and beyond standard building regulations.
Assistant Director of Development at LMH, Chris Bowen, said: “The homes are the first of 554 we will build over the next three years under the Affordable Homes Programme.
“Being able to receive the funding early for this scheme is great news for local people because it means more homes will be available sooner.
“The homes will be of modern design, warm, secure and the sustainable features will reduce fuel bills, giving people more money in their pockets.
“The work is expected to be finished in approximately a year-and-a-half and is further evidence of our commitment to addressing the housing shortage in the city.”
Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This scheme is bringing back into use an empty piece of land that has blighted the area for many years and is creating much-needed good quality affordable housing.
“It is more evidence of how, where possible, we are building homes on brownfield sites as part of our aim to increase the quality and range of homes in the city.”
Gary Humphreys, Director for MCI Developments, said: “This scheme is urban regeneration at its best. A blot on the local landscape will be brought back to life with 58 quality new homes.”
LMH bid for Homes and Communities Agency funding through the JV North consortium that includes nine other registered social landlords, predominantly based in the North West.
The consortium received £34.8m to build nearly 2,000 homes in total and was the second highest allocation in the country outside of London.
Pictured above are Cabinet member Cllr Ann O’Byrne and Chris Bowen from LMH.