LHT updates Runcorn stock

Residents have started moving into a new complex that has replaced blocks of 1960s decked flats in Runcorn following a three-year regeneration project by Liverpool Housing Trust.

Woodland Walk in the Castlefields district was transformed at a cost of £10m partly funded by a £4.5m grant from the Homes & Communities Agency.

There were 98 new units built, including 58 two-bedroom flats, 19 two-bed and three-bed houses for rent and 21 shared ownership homes.

Since work began in 2010, over 240 deck access flats were demolished as they were deemed not fit for purpose.

In October 2011, residents from the remaining old blocks were given priority to move into the 18 new flats that were constructed on empty land near to Woodland Walk.

Once the demolition of the grey, concrete blocks of flats had been completed, work began in spring 2012 on 21 new homes for shared ownership and reservations had been placed on many properties by the new year. The following six months saw the completion of the remaining 59 homes for rent.

The Woodland Walk project is part of a wider regeneration project in Runcorn, led by Castlefields Regeneration Partnership. The partnership is made up of Liverpool Housing Trust, Halton Borough Council, Plus Dane Group and the Homes & Communities Agency.

LHT is continuing to invest in Castlefields with work starting on the next phase of construction to build 38 new homes in the area.

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