£11m refurbishment to create 20 new homes

£11m refurbishment to create 20 new homes

An extensive residential renovation scheme has now started on site at The Lakes in Oldbury, West Midlands for Sandwell Council, led by the specialist refurbishment team at leading housing provider Lovell Partnerships. 

The £11m modern refurbishment of The Lakes will transform five existing low-rise residential buildings to create modern, council-owned social accommodation with high-standard provision suitable for rent.

Located in Badsey Road, Oldbury, the refurbishment will see an additional storey added to each building, creating 20 new two-bedroom apartments. As part of the project, an additional block containing six shops and six homes will also be refurbished to complete the transformation of the estate. 

Carl Yale, Regional Refurbishment Director at Lovell Partnerships, said: “The scheme is a fantastic example of how we can work with local authority partners to transform their existing buildings to improve the thermal performance and aesthetics for local people, creating new high-quality desirable homes. 

“We’re really pleased to have work underway at The Lakes, where we will also be creating additional homes through extending up as well as refurbishing and retrofitting the existing buildings. We’re looking forward to seeing the scheme progress and to seeing residents and the wider community benefiting from the work once completed.” 

The upgrades will also feature elements to improve energy efficiency such as insulated rain screen cladding, new windows, new entrance areas and improving accessibility by installing lifts into the blocks and improve much-needed parking provision on the estate. 

Throughout the project Lovell Partnerships will be working with Sandwell Council’s Think Local Regeneration and Economy Service to provide positive impact to the local community, encompassing economic growth and employment prospects. 

Councillor Charn Singh Padda, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This development is a key example of our Vision 2030 aim of having many new homes to meet a full range of housing needs in attractive neighbourhoods and close to key transport routes. It shows the importance that Sandwell Council places on creating high-quality new homes for Sandwell residents while continuing to invest in our council stock.”

Header image shows an artist impression of The Lakes.

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