Members of Derby City Council have paid a visit to Compendium Living’s new Castlewood development, which recently launched its first show homes.
The council’s chief executive Paul Simpson, cabinet member for housing Cllr Roy Webb and principal regeneration manager John Gilman all visited the development to look at the new two-bedroom apartment and duplex show homes, which opened last month.
The council members met with Chris Timmins, Lovell’s East Midlands area director, to discuss how the development has been operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will contribute to Derby’s economic recovery.
Cllr Roy Webb, cabinet member for adults, health and housing at Derby City Council, said: “I’m delighted to see the advances being made at Castleward despite the difficulties of working through the pandemic. I’ve been tremendously impressed, being on site and seeing the COVID safe practices in operation at what is a key development for the city.
“These show apartments demonstrate the high standard of accommodation being built on the site and I’m very pleased that sales are already being made on this, phase 2, of the Castleward Urban Village. Continued investment in this type of development shows the confidence of investors in our vision for inner city living and its importance to the recovery and revitalisation of Derby.”
The development is the latest phase of Compendium Living’s £100 million Castleward regeneration scheme, which started back in 2012 and is being backed by Derby City Council and Homes England.
The scheme, being built by Compendium’s sister company Lovell Homes, features a selection of 54 two and three-bedroom homes, low-rise apartments, maisonettes and duplexes, including 12 apartments available for ‘affordable’ rent.
To enable work to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, new safety measures have been put in place on site such as social distancing guidelines, protective Perspex screens, and personal protective equipment where necessary.
Chris Timmins added: “Castleward is an important housing-led regeneration scheme which is helping to ensure continued economic growth within Derby, whilst helping to enhance to local area.
“It was a pleasure to meet with members of the council to share the range of measures in place at Castleward to keep the workforce, customers and existing residents safe, whilst launching two new showhomes and ensuring construction remains underway in a responsible and socially distanced manner.”
Compendium Housing formed in 2005 as a joint venture between construction and regeneration group Lovell Partnerships and the registered social housing provider Riverside.
The company specialises in delivering large, place-making development and regeneration projects and is currently undertaking projects in Derby, Hull, Liverpool and Stoke-on-Trent.