Liverpool developer Legacie starts work on its first-ever social housing project – a £14m development comprising 74 new homes on the site of a former public baths. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool developer Legacie has started building 74 new homes in Garston, its first-ever social housing project.
Legacie, which has delivered multiple residential schemes in Liverpool city centre, is partnering with housing association South Liverpool Homes to build the apartments on the site of the former Garston public bath.
This scheme will comprise 27 homes for social rent, 12 homes for affordable rent for people over 55 and 35 rent-to-buy properties on the former site of the Garston Public Baths. Affordable rent is defined as no more than 80% of local market rate.
Being part-funded by Homes England, these properties will also come with solar roof panels, heat pumps and high insulation. They are expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2025.
Legacie says it will work with the community to ensure that plans for the aptly named ‘The Old Baths’ site weave into the existing fabric of the city. It will engage with local hubs and residents throughout its development works.
It is the latest addition to Legacie’s residential portfolio which includes its £90m Parliament Square development, £50m One Baltic Square project and the £140m upcoming Heap’s Rice Mill scheme in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.
Gavin Currie, managing director at Legacie, said: “It’s great to see work starting on site in Garston and we are looking forward to working with SLH to deliver this project.
“This will not only provide much-needed high-quality, energy efficient homes for the people of Liverpool, but will also bring wider community benefits to Garston and the nearby areas.
“We have entered the social housing space because, as developers, we see it as our responsibility to be a part of the solution to help Liverpool city region tackle its ongoing housing crisis.”
The Old Baths development is part of SLH’s wider plans to build 280 new homes across Speke and Garston by 2027.