The first properties being built as part of phase two of GreenSquare’s regeneration of Culverhay, Cricklade have been completed earlier than planned – which means that residents have been able to begin moving into their new homes ahead of schedule.
Work began on phase two of the regeneration project in January 2018 and has seen GreenSquare's appointed contractor for the project, E G Carter & Co Ltd, demolishing six bungalows and building 14 new properties – five bungalows and nine houses.
Over the past two weeks, three households have received the keys to their new homes, with the rest of the residents getting the keys to their new properties throughout the remaining weeks of July and August.
Becky moved into one of the new three-bed semi-detached properties last week (10 July) with her family. She has moved out of a property that will be demolished as part of phase three of the project.
Becky said: "I'm just so delighted to be moving in here. My family is going to have much more space and we've all just been so excited. And the fact that I am getting to move in a couple of weeks earlier than expected, makes it even better.
"I've lived in this area all my life – it’s my home and where my children go to school, so I am pleased to be able to stay here. I was all for the regeneration of Culverhay and have been impressed with what's happened so far. I will be sad when my old house is demolished because I have a lot of memories there, but I still just can't believe I will be living in a house as nice as this!”
The wider regeneration project includes plans to demolish 65 older properties in total, replacing them with 109 energy efficient and comfortable homes, which will be a mixture of shared ownership, affordable rent and outright sale.
Phil Bowley, GreenSquare’s Group Head of Strategic Asset Management, said: “As we near the end of this second phase of our regeneration journey, we're really beginning to see the look of the whole neighbourhood changing.
“We have worked so closely with local residents, the town council and the wider Cricklade community on this project, and it's fantastic to not only see these high quality homes completed, and looking great, but to see residents moving in and enjoying them.”
Phil Barnes, Manager of Housing from E G Carter & Co Ltd said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these fabulous new homes to residents ahead of time, a testament to the E G Carter & Co Ltd and GreenSquare team that are all pulling in the same direction. We have set the bar high and look forward to carrying this momentum into phase three.”
Phase one of the project was completed before Christmas 2017 when four houses were demolished and five bungalows and three houses were built in their place.
To find out more about phase one at Culverhay, click here.