The former site of New Heys School in South Liverpool is being revitalised, with the delivery of 119 high quality, executive homes, aimed at families.
Housebuilder Redrow is starting work on the construction of the three, four and five bedroom homes, following the completion of a deal to acquire the land from the city council.
The capital receipt the city council receives for the sale of the land will be reinvested in the delivery of new schools, as part of the city’s Schools Building Programme – the £169m scheme which is delivering one of the Mayor’s key pledges, to deliver at least 12 new schools for the city by 2017.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson visited the site, to see the work getting underway. He said: “It’s vital that Liverpool has a good mix of housing which meets the needs of all our residents. We are making great strides in the delivery of affordable housing across the city, and the New Heys scheme gives us a real boost at the higher end of the market.
“This is a stunning development, which will provide much-needed, high quality family housing, and bring this site back into use. It’s yet another great example of how we are working with partners to make the most of our assets and drive up the quality of our housing offer.
“Our deal with Redrow is also good news for our young people, because the money we are receiving for the sale of this site will be invested in in the delivery of new schools, as part of our School Building Programme. So, it’s a win-win for the city.”
The development will be marketed from two separate outlets, each featuring a range of homes designed for modern family living. Allerton on the Hill, off Allerton Road, will feature 38 four and five-bedroom properties while New Heys, off Heath Road, will have 81 homes, comprising a variety of three and four-bedroom designs.
The homes all hail from the housebuilder’s award-winning Heritage Collection, and marry traditional Arts and Crafts-inspired architectural design with contemporary, 21st century interiors including open-plan kitchen and dining rooms and high specification fixtures and fittings.
The 14-acre site in Allerton previously housed the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, in the former New Heys School building, until the academy relocated to a new facility at the former St Benedict’s Catholic College, in March 2013.
The land, which lies around three miles south of the city centre, was then marketed for sale by the city council, leading to the deal with Redrow.
As part of the deal, Redrow are investing in the Eric Hardy Local Nature reserve, and the improvement of local sports pitches, as well as helping fund the provision of a synthetic cricket wicket, as part of the English Cricket Board’s ‘last man stands’ initiative.