Work starts on more new homes in housing society’s multi-million pound scheme

January 31 2016

A £14 million project to build 72 new homes in Iron Acton and Coalpit Heath is getting underway in the next phase of a major redevelopment and refurbishing scheme.

A £14 million project to build 72 new homes in Iron Acton and Coalpit Heath is getting underway in the next phase of a major redevelopment and refurbishing scheme.
Housing association Merlin is having the homes built to replace 44 of its properties in the two villages, with house builder Lovell recently appointed to carry out the work.
Chipping Sodbury-based Merlin drew up its overall scheme to tackle problems with 1,500 non-traditional homes in South Gloucestershire.
The properties were built after the Second World War as a quick solution to a housing shortage but they have become damp and draughty, as well as being expensive to heat.
For Coalpit Heath, the latest phase will add more new homes to 39 already nearing completion in a first phase of development, with occupiers set to move in during the spring.
Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “Building new homes is one of our top priorities as there is a real need for affordable homes in South Gloucestershire.
“Together with the homes we’re already building in Coalpit Heath, this is going to provide a huge boost for local families looking for somewhere affordable to live.”
Merlin’s new homes are part of its goal to build 300 new homes every year from 2019.
Meanwhile, the society has just received a coveted award as a result of high standards of customer service and commitment from staff.
The customer service excellence standard was achieved after a rigorous assessment of Merlin’s services. It also achieved a compliance-plus level for work done with residents to review servicde standards.
Paul Coates, director of housing and communities, said: “Although customer satisfaction is at its highest ever level of 84 per cent, our target is to reach 90 per cent by 2019.”