A new housing scheme which has seen derelict land transformed into much needed affordable homes in Handsworth, Birmingham, has been hailed a success by residents.
Equiano Place, which has been delivered by Circle Housing Mercian, has 34 new homes, including a mixture of one, two, three and four bedroom properties.
The £3m development replaces a disused bowling green which became a haunt for littering and anti social behaviour.
Wasif Aslam and his family recently moved into their new three bedroom home at Equiano Place.
He said: “We are very pleased with our new home. It’s very convenient, the surroundings are good, and the space has been used very intelligently. The staircase, in particular, is ideal for my mother who is 70 years old and lives with us - she has no problem getting up and down them. We are very thankful for this new home and are looking forward to a happy life here.”
John Downs, Managing Director for Circle Housing Mercian said: “This scheme delivers good quality and much needed affordable housing to Handsworth. It’s an added bonus that we have been able to do so by reinvigorating previously disused brownfield land.
“We are proud that Circle Housing Mercian has a long standing reputation of building good quality sustainable housing projects for the people of Birmingham. We already manage 3,500 homes across the West Midlands and are pleased to now add Equiano Place.”
The homes, which were formally opened last Friday (10th July), are energy efficient and built to code three for sustainability, meaning reduced energy bills for residents.