HOT on the heels of the last set of keys being handed over for the first completed Redrow Homes development within the Liverpool Housing Partnership, it’s won a prestigious award.
All 21 of Redrow’s Arts & Crafts inspired family homes at Knights Park, in Woolton, have been sold, built and occupied – and they are the forerunners to hundreds more to come.
And, sealing its success, Knights Park was one of nine Redrow award winners at this year’s UK Property Awards in the residential development category.
The UK Property Awards are judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts based on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel was chaired by four members of the House of Lords, including The Earl of Liverpool, as well as Lord Caithness, Lord Best and Lord Thurso.
The award for Knights Park is a significant boost for the Liverpool Housing Partnership, a collaboration between Redrow, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Mutual Homes that’s set to deliver a minimum of 1,500 new homes jointly by Redrow and LMH over a five-year period. The Knights Park properties were among the first to commence and it’s now the first private sale development to finish.
As well as providing subsidy for much-needed affordable housing by LMH, Redrow developments like Knights Park increase the number of higher value, quality new homes in the city; thereby encouraging people who work in Liverpool to stay here or move here, rather than choosing other areas such as Wirral or Formby.
Councillor Frank Hont, Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Liverpool needs more homes, more diversity and choice in its housing market. The Liverpool Housing Partnership is helping deliver high quality homes for sale through the work with Redrow and, at the same time, producing profit for us to invest in affordable and social housing with LMH.
“This innovative partnership helps us deliver and meet the housing needs of existing residents, and at the same time produce a new, desirable housing offer to help convince new people to make their home in our city.”
And it’s against this backdrop that Redrow’s Knights Park development has been completed – alongside other ongoing partnership projects by Redrow in Fazakerley, West Derby and Woolton.
Knights Park has transformed an old school site on Speke Road, which had been empty and derelict for several years, replacing it with an attractive mix of three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes which sold quickly – proving the demand for this style and quality of housing.
Young first time buyers, families and downsizers have all made Knights Park their home; and properties were built to Lifetime Homes’ standards, making them easily adaptable to suit people at all stages of their lives.
An existing sandstone wall was preserved to create a feature at the entrance to Knights Park and Redrow has given £21,000 to the City Council to help fund the maintenance of off-site public open space.
Other ongoing Redrow developments within the LHP include Redbridge Park in Fazakerley (60 homes), Woolton Fields, Woolton (18 homes), Regency Manor, West Derby (51 new homes and nine refurbished properties) and Regency Gardens (22 new homes); while Liverpool Mutual Homes has recently completed refurbishment of Marwood Towers, in Everton, to create 81 properties for the over 55s, eight new homes on the site of the old Larkhill Library in Hewitson Road, off Queen’s Drive, 10 new homes for affordable rent on Everton Road and 16 new properties at Tetlow Street. LMH has a further 183 properties under construction or in the pipeline at developments in Fazakerley and Kensington.
Redrow also has a resolution to grant planning consent for 39 new homes and 12 refurbished properties on land off Harthill Road, adjacent to Calderstones Park, subject to the successful relocation of the Calder Kids adventure playground charity, Beechley Riding Stables and an existing miniature railway.
Work continues to bring forward other schemes from the first tranche of LHP sites outlined by the City Council in November 2015.
The partnership has already won or been shortlisted for several awards. A team from LHP were invited to speak at this year’s CIH Housing conference in Manchester, where attendees were eager to hear more about the partnerships innovative cross subsidy funding model.
For further information and updates visit www.liverpoolhousingpartnership.co.uk.