Delight as Grimsby neighbourhood regeneration is completed
WORK on the final phase of a £7-million social housing project in the heart of Grimsby has been completed following the handover of the remaining 19 socially-rented homes.
The 70-unit project towards the southern end of Guildford Street – now renamed Orchard Drive – has been delivered thanks to joint investment from Longhurst Group – one of the leading housing groups in the Midlands and East of England – North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA).
The new two and three-bedroom homes, developed by Lindum who employed mainly local labour throughout, have been created following the demolition of 100 terraced houses which were over a century old and in poor condition.
The handover of the remaining homes marks the complete transformation of one of North East Lincolnshire’s most challenging brownfield sites.
Ian Jackson, Executive Director of Portfolio Investment at Longhurst Group, said: “We’re delighted to have taken handover of the final phase of properties, marking the completion of the total regeneration of Guildford Street.
“We’ve been committed to this area for a very long time now, so to have now completely replaced the old properties that stood here with brand new, affordable and sustainable family homes is fantastic.
“This is a high-quality development that will really make a difference to the area and improve the lives of the families living here, as well as the wider community.
“Guildford Street is a shining example of our strong and ongoing partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council and we thank both them and the Homes & Communities Agency for their support.”
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for housing, added: “It’s wonderful to see the results of this great project between the Council, Longhurst & Havelock, and Homes England
“This project has created a significant number of affordable and sustainable houses for future generations in our area.
“One of the Council’s priorities is to ensure that local people have access to good quality and affordable accommodation. These new houses have replaced some properties that were in a rather poor state with some family friendly dwellings which will foster some vibrant communities.
“I would like to thank Longhurst & Havelock for their great work on this project.”
Investment in the East Marsh Neighbourhood Renewal Area program has also brought about renovation of 49 dwellings in Guildford Street (north) as part of the creation of a Home Zone, and a facelift for 66 properties on neighbouring Victor Street.