Lovell Homes celebrates collaboration of canal-side development

Lovell Homes celebrates collaboration of canal-side development

A recipe book of dishes created by members of the Walsall community, has been released to commemorate the launch of Lockside — the first development by Anthem Lovell LLP, a joint venture between Lovell Homes and housing association whg.

‘A Taste of Lockside’ utilises recipe submissions from schools and organisations near to, or associated with the development, as well as the Lovell Homes team and whg in Walsall. Its aim is to reflect the collaborative efforts behind Lockside and showcase the area’s incredible diversity. Creations include spicy bean burgers, brownies and a classic Sunday roast, all designed to bring people together.

Lockside is the result of a £44m regeneration project of the former Caparo Engineering works to build a new community in the heart of Walsall. As well as working within a joint venture, a multi-million-pound grant was secured from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Its ‘brownfield first’ policy unlocks and prioritises former industrial sites for new development ahead of green belt land, by working in partnership with Walsall Council.

Trish Foster, Regional Sales Director at Lovell Homes, said: “Lockside is the result of taking a proactive partnership approach to addressing the rapidly growing demand for houses in Walsall, bringing brownfield sites back into use. Given its connectivity to Birmingham, Lockside is a key example how derelict land has provided an ideal opportunity for regeneration and affordable housing.

“This recipe book is to celebrate the project success here and welcome buyers into their new homes, which is why we have collaborated with schools and organisations in the area. We’ve been thrilled to see the exceptional demand for Lockside, and we look forward to continuing our work as Anthem Lovell LLP to bring even more high-quality homes to the market in the West Midlands.”

Offering 252 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, all have been designed to cater for local demand including first-time buyers, second steppers and growing families. Lovell’s 132 open market properties range from £197,500 to £272,950, while 120 have been acquired by whg as affordable housing. All have been sympathetically designed to complement their surroundings and to enhance life in an exciting new community, adjacent to an attractive canal.

Rebecca Bennett Casserly, Corporate Director of Development at whg, said: “Our communities are at the heart of everything we do so it’s really special to celebrate Lockside by bringing people of all ages together to create a recipe book the local area can be proud of. This development has partnership working at its core and shows by working together, derelict sites can be successfully transformed into desirable places of well designed, low carbon homes at a range of affordability levels.

“Alongside homes for outright sale, the development will also include those for affordable rent and shared ownership, as well as a 50 apartment wellbeing scheme for over 55s. Through this mix of tenures, we aim to create a thriving, sustainable new place that people are proud to call their home.”

The launch of Lockside comes as Lovell has secured the sale of all released open market homes at its Saints Quarter development in Wolverhampton, which has also been developed in partnership with whg. The 151-home development includes 89 open market and 62 affordable homes, which were launched to the market in February 2020.

Contributions for the recipe book have been gratefully received from Birchills CofE Community Academy, whg, Elmwood School, Croft Academy, and the Lovell Homes sales team in Walsall.

View and download the recipe book, here.

For more information, please visit Lockside, Walsall (

Header image shows Lockside Sales Executives Claire Brabbins-Pretty and Simon Shakespear outside the development.

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