Willmott Dixon to deliver Marwood Tower regeneration

Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has appointed contractor Willmott Dixon to deliver its £8m Marwood Tower regeneration project.

Work has begun to transform the prominent tower block, which is situated on land between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road, flanings a key route in and out of Liverpool city centre as part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

The scheme will see 57 flats completely refurbished and 24 new apartments built to provide a mixture of one and two-bed properties for over 55s. And to ensure residents’ safety, a state-of-art fire sprinkler system is being installed.

The proposed scheme forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

Assistant director of development at LMH, Chris Bowen, said: “The Marwood Tower scheme is going ahead at great pace with work already on-site just weeks after planning permission was granted.

“We have appointed Willmott Dixon as they have great experience in social housing and are our lead building contractor partner under the Liverpool Housing Partnership for bringing empty properties back into use.

“It is a complex scheme with just one point of entry so it will take longer to complete than a traditional housing development but we expect the work to be finished in autumn 2016, which will be a great achievement.

“Liverpool needs more high quality housing, which is why we are supporting the Homes for Britain campaign and delivering large scale projects like Marwood Tower.

“We are bringing under-used, rundown accommodation back into use and giving residents modern, high quality apartments with a range of community facilities.”

The development will reach Lifetime Homes, Building for Life and Secured by Design standards.

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