Rosslee wins Accrington empty homes contract

Empty homes developer PlaceFirst has appointed Accrington-based contractor Rosslee Construction to deliver the first phase of works to 89 homes in Nuttall Street, Accrington, Lancashire.

The £850,000 contract is part of PlaceFirst's £15m regeneration scheme to refurbish and bring back into use 131 empty terraced properties in the Woodnook area of Accrington.

Rosslee will deliver external improvements to the properties in Nuttall Street, to include stone cleaning, repointing, the replacement of windows and front doors and new rainwater gutters.

The project is being funded by Hyndburn Council from the Clusters of Empty Homes Fund provided by the Homes & Communities Agency.

Work on Nuttall Street begins in July 2014 and is due to complete in three phases for early 2015.

David Smith-Milne, founder and managing director of PlaceFirst, said: "Nuttall Street is effectively the front door to Woodnook and its condition over recent years has deteriorated significantly. The facelift programme will deliver significant improvements to the look and feel of Woodnook and complement the new homes we are currently building."

The wider regeneration of Woodnook is being undertaken by PlaceFirst in a joint venture with Blackburn-based housing association Twin Valley Homes, supported by Hyndburn Council.

The first phase of the scheme is valued at £6.5m and sees Greendale, the refurbishment subsidiary of affordable housing construction and development firm Southdale, refurbishing and remodelling three streets of Victorian terraced housing to deliver 71 energy-efficient two-, three- and four-bedroom family homes available for private rent.

Work is underway and due for completion in the summer of 2015.

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