First Foundations contract goes to Lovell
Foundations, which is billed as Liverpool City Council’s ethical housing company, has appointed a contractor to build the first homes for its major new-build programme.
Based in Birkenhead, Lovell Partnerships has a long track record of working with councils, and subject to planning will deliver a £14m scheme of 100-plus homes in Yew Tree, North Liverpool, on vacant land close to Queens Drive previously occupied by council housing.
Foundations is a flagship policy for Mayor Joe Anderson, being established with the target of delivering 10,000 homes in a £500m investment over a decade.
The organisation was established in January, with Anderson declaring his intention to rebalance the city’s social housing stock, revolutionise the rent-to-buy sector in the city and drive up council tax receipts for the council. Within its remit are properties for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability.
Chairman Frank Hont said: “I’m delighted we have appointed Lovell to deliver our very first Foundations scheme – this is a symbolic moment for what will become a landmark programme. Lovell have a great track record in delivering accessible homes, which is fundamental to our ambitions.”
Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Foundations is fundamental to addressing the city’s need to develop 30,000 new homes by 2030 and sustaining our economic future.
“The city’s housing supply is dominated by small terraced houses, which skews the city’s council tax revenues and provides a very poor choice and housing experience for our residents. We’re fully committed to making this a success and I can’t wait to seeing the first homes materialise and the first families moving in to Ackers Hall Avenue.”