Work begins to create modern new Kerria council homes

Mayor of Tamworth Peter Thurgood with representatives from ENGIE and Tamworth Borough Council.The biggest programme of council house building in a generation reached another important milestone this week with a special ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work at the former Kerria Centre site.

Tamworth Borough Council is building 140 modern new council homes across two sites in Tamworth. Construction of 96 homes at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote got underway in October, and the building of 44 homes at the Kerria Centre, Amington, began in earnest with the official sod-cutting this week.

The site’s 36 former three and four storey 1970s maisonettes were demolished over the autumn so they can be replaced with a brand new estate of modern council homes, fit for 21st century living.

During the coming months, the site will slowly be transformed as the estate takes shape. It will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses, eight three-bedroom houses and a 360m2 retail facility.

The multi-million pound project is being carried out by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE on behalf of Tamworth Borough Council.

Residents living nearby have been consulted throughout the development proposals, with opportunities to view plans, meet the developer and suggest new road names, and this will continue as the project progresses.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for heritage and growth, said: “The redevelopment of the Kerria and Tinkers Green is the biggest council house building programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide new homes that are fit for 21st century living.

“We’ve reached a key stage in the process with construction now underway on both sites, so it’s full steam ahead.”

Cllr Michelle Cook, Cabinet member for housing services and neighbourhoods, added: “This project represents a huge investment in our council housing stock, with the aim of providing affordable new homes that are modern, family-friendly and fit for purpose. The Kerria centre was in desperate need of regeneration so it’s great to see another big milestone being reached.”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director at ENGIE’s Places and Communities division said: “We’re delighted to begin the construction of these high quality affordable new homes at Kerria, now that the demolition of the centre is complete.

“The regeneration of these much-loved estates will provide a significant boost to Tamworth, both by helping to meet local affordable housing needs and through the creation of employment and training opportunities.”

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project can contact ENGIE customer care line on 0800 652 5080, or by emailing centralcustomercare.uk-kmr@engie.com. People can also contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.