Birkenhead firm MBE Construction has begun work on a £3.6m housing scheme on Colebrooke Road in the Liverpool suburb.
The development of 24 homes sits at the southern end of the grounds of The Turner Home, which has been in service as a retirement home since 1885.
Designed by Liverpool architect Halsall Lloyd Partnership with input from The Turner Home, the development will feature four properties for affordable rent and 20 homes to be made available through Onward’s shared ownership scheme.
Lin Powell, head of development at Onward, said: “We’ve worked closely with The Turner Home to create a scheme that’s in keeping with the historic property and uses materials and detailing to reflect the Victorian architecture of the house.
“This offers much needed affordable housing in Aigburth and will provide a rare opportunity for local people to buy a new home in L17 and get a first step on the property ladder.”
The development will be called Clifton Gardens and will sit alongside a wildlife garden.
Sue Newton, who chairs the trustees of The Turner Home, said: “It’s great to see work start on site and we’ll watch the development take shape with interest. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbours when they move in next summer and together we can all enjoy the new wild life garden.”
The project is due for completion in June 2019 and is being supported by a Homes England grant of £488,000.