Foundation for family homes
More than twenty people gathered to mark a significant milestone in the construction of brand new family homes and apartments in Whitley Village, Coventry.
Dignitaries met on site to witness project partners lay a foundation stone for Touchstone Court, which forms part of the £5million development to transform the former Touchstone offices site and provide 45 new homes offering a mix of 3 and 4 bedroom houses and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent.
The scheme, which is due for completion later this year, is being developed by leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart, in partnership with; Coventry County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, with £3.3million funded through the Recycled Capital Grand Fund, and Westleigh Developments.
Tom Murtha, Chief Executive Officer at Midland Heart said: "I am delighted to be here today, it is a significant occasion that marks another exciting step towards the completion of much needed homes for Coventry.
"There is a special significance for Midland Heart too; this is the former site of Touchstone House, one of our legacy organisations - it is immensely satisfying to see new life and investment breathed into the area."
Whitley Village Resident and Councillor for Cheylesmore Ward, Cllr Hazel Noonan, said: "I, like other residents, have been very keen to see this area redeveloped. I am pleased that Midland Heart responded to the views expressed by residents in Whitley Village and brought forward a scheme which not only provides much needed affordable housing for our local area, but also far better reflects the housing around it than the former buildings on this site."
Ian Jones, Business Development Director at Leicester-based Westleigh, added: "We are delighted to be partnering Midland Heart in this project to transform a former office site into 45 much needed new affordable homes for this southern suburb of Coventry. We have an extensive record of working in partnership with housing associations across the Midlands and know this scheme will be just as successful, providing affordable homes for local people."