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Kier lands £42m Walsall housing regeneration scheme

Kier has been appointed development partner by Walsall Housing Group for a £42m residential project across five sites in Walsall.

The regeneration scheme includes 186 homes for private sale and 154 affordable units in a range of sizes, from two-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses.

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

Kier’s Partnership Homes division won the contract through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Delivery Partner Panel framework and will carry out the project with West Midlands-based WHG.

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.”

Earlier this year, Kier landed a 400-home development in Northampton worth up to £60m and two further regeneration schemes worth £13.7m through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

The Walsall regeneration project will make use of grant funding from the HCA Affordable Homes Programme 2015 to deliver 154 affordable rent homes over the next 18 months.

Housing will be built on 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.

WHG is one of the largest providers of housing in the West Midlands, owning and managing around 19,000 properties.

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