Source: City of Coventry
Published Tuesday, 03 September 2019
A major regeneration project will transform an area of Coventry originally built in the 1960s over the next four years.
Housing association Citizen will invest £12m in Spon End with high-quality improvement works to be carried out to 158 flats in three blocks – Kerry House, Milestone House and Trafalgar House. This will include considering options for new affordable homes to be built at the site.
It comes after a survey of residents showed many wanted investment in the area to try to tackle issues like anti-social behavior and fly-tipping, as well as improvements to their homes.
The work will see the blocks transformed in appearance and quality including the installation of new roofs, doors and windows, work to make the homes warmer and more energy efficient and improved security through the creation of new entrance ways and the demolition of some walkways.
The news comes after Citizen announced a £21million regeneration in nearby Wyken in July, including the demolition of a tower block, the refurbishment of another and plans to build new houses in the area.
Chief Executive of Citizen, Kevin Rodgers, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce this major regeneration project in Spon End – our second in as many months.
“Together with the work we are doing in Wyken this represents a £33million investment to transform two communities over the next five years.
“When we spoke to residents in Spon End many told us they were experiencing issues and would like to see improvements. We believe it is our duty to deal with those issues and that is what we are doing this.
“We are committed to continuing to invest in Coventry to give more people a home and a foundation for life.”
The process of procuring a developer partner for the regeneration projects has started. They will be appointed in summer 2020 and a detailed consultation with residents will follow.
The announcement about the Spon End regeneration project comes on the day Whitefriars Housing and WM Housing Group officially take on a new name – Citizen.
Councillor David Welsh, Coventry City Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added:
“It’s fantastic to see Citizen playing an active role in transforming our city. This investment is going to make a real difference to the community.
“With any project like this, its vital residents have a chance to share their thoughts, that’s why the consultation was so important.
“I’m really pleased that Citizen have worked so closely with their residents. I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to work getting underway.”
The new brand was announced earlier this year and the rebrand and amalgamation of the group is now complete.