Contractor Wates Construction has started work on a residential project involving the redevelopment of two former school sites on behalf of the council.
The project is for Incrementum Housing Development Company, a delivery vehicle set up by Warrington Council to deliver housing across the town. Brock Carmichael is the architect.
The scheme will see 92 homes built on the site of the former Sycamore Community Primary School in Sycamore Lane, Great Sankey, and a further 69 on the site of the former Foxwood School on Chatfield Drive in Birchwood, Warrington.
The two sites are the first to be developed by Incrementum as part of its emerging build-to-rent strategy, and government agency Homes England is providing construction funding to help deliver the scheme.
The properties comprise a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses and one- and two-bedroom apartments and will be made available on a mix of tenures including private and affordable rent.
They will be heated through a community ground source heat pump network, and roof-mounted solar panels will provide electricity for tenants.
Dave Saville, business unit director at Wates Construction, said: “Both these sites have been disused for a number of years and the schemes have been designed and procured to deliver a range of positive impacts, both for the local community and the council, as the ultimate owner of the site.
“From a design perspective, the two settlements include shared community green spaces with green corridor links running through them while the properties benefit from a range of sustainable initiatives including ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels.”
The contract was procured through the Scape Venture Construction Framework last year, Wates said.
Jonathan Smith, principal development manager at Incrementum, added: “We are excited by the delivery of these homes. They are the first to be constructed by Incrementum, and we hope they will set a new benchmark for quality and affordability.
“The homes seek to further the council’s corporate housing policies by making available a high standard of accommodation to all residents, regardless of background, status or income.
“In so doing, we are seeking to minimise the carbon footprint of the new buildings by using renewable energy, which should also significantly reduce running costs for tenants.”