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Lovell wins £30m Southampton social housing contracts

Morgan Sindall housing subsidiary Lovell has been awarded three contracts worth more than £30 million to deliver three estate regeneration schemes for Southampton City Council.

Under the terms of the deal, Lovell will build more than 200 new homes across three sites at Exford Avenue, Harefield; Laxton Close, Sholing, and Meggeson Avenue, Bitterne Park.

The schemes, which are being delivered in partnership with social housing provider First Wessex form part of the second phase of the council’s multi-million pound estates regeneration programme.

Existing housing at each site will be demolished to make way for the new homes – a mixture of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and apartments – which will be available across a range of tenures including affordable rent and open market sale.

At Exford Avenue, Lovell will also replace an existing shopping parade with seven new retail units and relocate a children’s play area.

Housing at all three sites will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the system for measuring the environmental performance of new housing. That means they will be 44 per cent more energy-efficient than homes built to current building regulations, reducing energy bills for residents.

Sustainable features will include solar thermal technology and advanced drainage systems. In addition, all properties available for affordable rent will meet the Lifetime Homes Standard.

Lovell regional director Steve Coombs said: “This is a major community regeneration programme which will significantly improve housing accommodation for local residents. We’re looking forward to starting construction and working together with Southampton City Council and First Wessex over the coming months.”

Subject to planning permission, work on all three schemes is expected to begin early next year.

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