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 £35million 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.
Cllr David Welsh, Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities at Coventry City Council added: “It’s great to see that this area of Coventry is set to be regenerated over the next few years.
“Residents living in the area have said what they would like to see improved and Citizen have listened to what they have to say.
“We must continue to work together to further develop the social housing that is available to the population. Any step in this direction is positive.”
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.
The new brand was announced earlier this year and the rebrand and amalgamation of the group is now complete.