On Monday 24th April 2023, handover was completed on 15 new apartments in Birkenhead that will help to ease the demand for affordable homes for single person occupants and couples.
The scheme, developed in partnership with Stanley Land and Homes and Holmpatrick Developments, is made up of one-bedroom apartments and has regenerated a derelict brownfield site in the Rock Ferry area.
The prominent site, on the junction of New Chester Road a main road into Birkenhead town centre had been vacant for many years with redevelopment considered unviable.
Chris Curtis, director of Stanley Land and Homes comments: ‘“We are delighted to be working with such a proactive association as Wirral Methodist Housing and Holmpatrick to deliver these quality, energy efficient apartments.
“This was a challenging site with issues over access rights and unidentified freeholders, but our team and project partners worked extremely hard to overcome these challenges. This is a fantastic demonstration of regeneration and affordable housing delivery right where it is needed.”
The three-storey apartment building has been designed in compliance with Homes England quality standards and the Nationally Described Space Standards.
Paul Carhart, chief executive of Wirral Methodist Housing Association commented: “The Rock Ferry scheme is a great example of how to effectively restore a long vacant site and provide residents with a high-quality, sustainable place to live.
“The Stanley team have gone above and beyond to make efficient use of the relatively tight space, and ensure the building is easily accessible, with disability access and level access showers on the ground floor. We look forward to welcoming our first tenants and watching the community grow.”
The professional team on the project includes Holmpatrick Developments (main contractor), AJP Engineers (structural engineers), PWA Planning (planning consultants), Primas Law (legal advisors), Eden Building Design (architects) and WhiteleyEaves (employers agent).
We are pleased to start welcoming the first tenants in to their new homes.
Housing Officer Kerry Watterson said “Everyone has been so excited to get moved in. The new apartments have been very popular. When prospective new tenants have viewed the flats they have been blown away by the quality; one tenant even cried at the thought of having such a beautiful home. It’s a really satisfying part of my job to get to see tenants move in to these fantastic apartments.”