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Work due to begin on transformation of Wolverhampton housing estate

Building work will soon get underway on new council homes at a Wolverhampton housing estate.

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Artist's impression of the new council housing on Heath Town estate

The city council has appointed a contractor to build the first new council homes as part of a major transformation of the Heath Town estate.

Regeneration company ENGIE will build a mixture of 40 two-bedroom and four-bedroom council houses across three sites on Hobgate Road and one site on Tithe Croft, off Chervil Rise – construction workers are expected to begin in the coming months.

They will be the first phase of a total of more than 200 new homes to be built for rent and sale on the estate over the coming years.

It comes after the council demolished vacant homes on the site as part of a £120 million transformation of the estate. Three new play areas and a football pitch have also been created by Wolverhampton Homes in the area, as a way to improve the site.

All of the new homes will also have their own car parking space provided.

How the Heath Town estate looked ahead of demolition

Councillor Jacqueline Sweetman, housing chief, said: “We have made significant headway with works on the Heath Town estate and real change is happening.

“The appointment of ENGIE is a major milestone in this project and will now kick-start the new building programme. We can look forward to seeing the first bricks laid for the council homes later this year.

“The majority of the new homes will come with gardens and all will have access to their own parking - Heath Town will soon look like a very different place.

“This is a major development programme and it will make a huge difference to the quality of life and housing choice for our residents.”

Mick Mills, regional managing director at ENGIE, said: “We’re really proud to have been chosen to develop these new homes, which will make a huge difference to the area.

“ENGIE has a strong track record of working with our partners to transform communities and create places that people are proud to call home, so it’s great that we can use that expertise to benefit residents right here in Heath Town. We’re really looking forward to starting on site and working closely with the local community.”