A council is building its first social housing scheme in nearly 30 years on the site of a former care home in Wrexham, North Wales.
Property services business Liberty, part of the ForViva Group, is building the £2.2 million development for Wrexham County Borough Council.
The work will transform the site of the former Nant Silyn care home, in Caia Park, and will include eight one-bedroom flats. Four two-bedroom houses, a one-bedroom bungalow, and a two-bedroom fully adapted specialist bungalow.
It will also feature parking facilities and landscaped grounds.
Ray Jones (main picture), Liberty’s group managing director, said the project would provide much-needed social housing to the town.
“The regeneration of disused brownfield sites will create attractive and modern living spaces in an area brimming with natural beauty,” he added.
“We are naturally delighted to be working with Wrexham County Borough Council on this exciting project and very much look forward to delivering these much-needed homes.”
Liberty is installing temporary timber and mesh fencing borders around the site to protect wildlife in the area. This includes badgers and otters, which are regular visitors to a nearby river.
Designed by architecture firm JDA and engineering company mdaStructures, the scheme forms the first of a number of social housing developments earmarked for Wrexham, with more homes planned at Plas Madoc awaiting planning approval.
“We’re absolutely delighted that we’re bringing new social properties in Wrexham,” said Councillor David Griffiths, Wrexham Council’s lead member for housing.
“This will be the first council developments to be built since 1991, and we’re very pleased that we’re able to bring new housing to this site.
“The development will transform the site of the former Nant Silyn, which was closed four years ago, into a new community and we’re glad that we’re working alongside Liberty on this new development.
“And the provision of new council properties will complement our ongoing work under the Welsh Housing Quality Standards (WHQS), which has seen hundreds of council properties modernised and brought up to 21st century standards.”
Council leader, Councillor Mark Pritchard, said: “This is an ambitious project for Wrexham Council and will supply lifetime homes for our tenants
“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to come to a point where we’re constructing new council homes, and know that these new properties will go a long way to fulfilling the housing needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
The development is due to be completed later this year.