A derelict site in Tanhouse, Runcorn, has been completely demolished so that work can begin on a new housing development.
The site is being developed by Plus Dane, which plans for the new two-bedroom homes to help regenerate the neighbourhood. The scheme will create three new roles, including apprenticeships.
“It is absolutely fantastic to see work begin on these 16 new homes for Tanhouse,” said Plus Dane’s development director, Chris McAllister. “Although it has taken a long time to get to this stage, we have always been committed to regenerating this site and improving it for the benefit of existing residents.
“We’re looking forward to building attractive contemporary homes for local people and also to bring new people to the area. We look forward to seeing these homes completed and welcoming the first new tenants.”
Plus Dane has appointed John McCall Architects and Engie to deliver the design and construction of the new homes in accordance with its own design and specification. Demolition began at the start of January, and the homes are scheduled for completion in spring 2021. Homes England has provided grant funding through its Affordable Homes Programme.
The Tanhouse site has been derelict for some years and the accommodation was previously bedsit-style flats. Plus Dane says it needed to acquire the Old Transporter pub, which was privately owned, before work could go ahead on transforming the area and provide much-needed “affordable” housing in the neighbourhood.
As part of this development, Plus Dane and Engie have worked together to offer employment and training opportunities for customers interested in construction.
Main Image: Visualisation of new homes in Tanhouse, Runcorn, courtesy of John McCall Architects.