Work has started on GreenSquare's major regeneration project at Culverhay in Cricklade, which will bring 109 new homes to the area.
Today (Monday 22 May), the project officially got underway with the start of demolition of four houses on White Horse Road on the estate.
Staff from GreenSquare, including chief executive Howard Toplis and Board Chair Hilary Gardner, visited the site to mark the occasion and reinforce the company’s commitment to transforming the area and building great new homes.
They were joined by representatives from Wiltshire Council and Cricklade Town Council, and GreenSquare’s chosen contractor for the project, E G Carter & Co Ltd. The former residents of the first houses to be demolished, who are now living in their decant properties until their new homes have been built, also donned hard hats and high vis jackets and got stuck in to lend a hand with the demolition.
Howard Toplis, chief executive at GreenSquare, said: “We have been working closely with local residents to get to this point in the project, so it's great to see the first stage of works now getting underway in this exciting new chapter for Culverhay.
“The regeneration will not only provide new homes to address the housing need in North Wiltshire, but will also help to revitalise the area to benefit the residents of Culverhay and the wider Cricklade community.”
The 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.
GreenSquare was granted planning permission to progress with the project by Wiltshire Council in April. Since then E G Carter & Co Ltd has been readying the site to begin phase one of the work, which include demolishing four properties to build eight new ones.
Phil Barnes, Regional Manager from E G Carter & Co Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have commenced this exciting regeneration project on behalf of GreenSquare. The amount of support for this project within the local community is inspiring and we are excited about our role in reshaping this part of Cricklade.”
The project also promises to improve the public areas of the neighbourhood, address road safety and parking concerns, while preserving the existing strong sense of community and neighbourliness at the estate.
Wiltshire Councillor for Cricklade and Latton, Bob Jones, said: “The regeneration of Culverhay has been a long time in planning. GreenSquare is to be congratulated on the way it has involved the local community from the project’s inception and, as the local Wiltshire Councillor, I look forward to GreenSquare offering an additional 44 homes for local people.”
Councillor Mark Clarke, Cricklade Town Council Chairman, said: “Cricklade Town Council is delighted to see the commencement of works on site. We have been supportive of the regeneration proposals since day one and we have worked closely with GreenSquare as the plans have taken shape. The scheme is a very complex and sensitive one and I would like to compliment GreenSquare on how they have involved the community at each stage.”
For more information, visit www.greensquaregroup.com/culverhay.