The North West social landlord Onward Homes has transformed a derelict pub into 28 two-bed flats in Prenton Dell on the Wirral.
The scheme has been completed in partnership with local contractors Crossfield Construction. All 28 homes have been available for affordable rent.
The scheme started on site in July 2019 and has been given the name Dell Gardens, chosen by the Prenton Tenants and Residents Association.
The first residents moved into the first and second floors of Dell Gardens last week. The ground floor, designed for people with access needs, and the top floor have been let this week.
Stephen Heverin, growth and regeneration director at Onward Homes, said: “Prenton Dell is a really exciting scheme for Onward – it provides more quality affordable homes and choice in one of our key communities in the Wirral. It has also provided much more because of the fantastic partnership opportunities it’s presented with our contractor, Crossfield.
“We wanted to show we’re committed to delivering more than homes and helping the community prosper in the long term, and Crossfield has gone above and beyond to help make that happen, with great results.”
The scheme has had local economic benefits, with Crossfield making use of its partnership with Everton in the Community to offer work experience opportunities to students at Birkenhead Sixth Form College.
Onward and Crossfield have also worked to offer social value during the development’s lifetime, including offering assistance to residents who were shielding during lockdown, delivering an assembly at Prenton Primary School, and leading a site safety poster competition for the primary school’s students.
Crossfield has also worked to help resolve key issues throughout the project, such as residents’ concerns at losing the pub as a community resource.
Mike Macaulay, director of Crossfield Construction, commented: “We are delighted to have reached completion on the Dell Gardens project for Onward Homes, a fantastic project which truly marks a significant step forward in meeting the local need for affordable housing.
“It has been a collaborative effort from all and we have immersed ourselves into the local community throughout, working closely with our neighbours to ensure we were respectful and considerate at all times. As we mark completion, I am very proud of what has been achieved – a collection of high quality, sustainable and comfortable homes that enhance the local area.”
Onward is one of the North West’s largest social housing providers, owning and managing around 35,000 properties across the region.
Image: Dell Gardens, Onward and Crossfield Construction’s new development in Prenton Dell on the Wirral. Credit: Onward