Wirral phase of £6.2m region-wide affordable homes project gets under way

Liverpool-based construction and development firm, Crossfield Group, is working with housing provider Onward, to create the apartments for the affordable rental sector. Tony McDonough reports

Prenton Dell
Crossfield Group is starting work in Wirral on a new homes project for Onward

 

Work has started on an affordable housing scheme in Wirral, part of a wider £6.2m project to create 65 new homes across Merseyside and Cheshire.

Liverpool-based construction and development firm, Crossfield Group, is working with housing provider Onward, to create the apartments for the affordable rental sector. Affordable rents are set at no more than 80% of local market rates.

This week saw groundbreaking take place at the largest of the four schemes, at Prenton Dell, Wirral. Crossfield will deliver 28 two-bedroom apartments in the project, which is worth £2.8m.

Also currently underway are projects to deliver 12 apartments in a £1.2m, three-storey development on Buckland Street, in Aigburth, Liverpool, while at Albert Road in Widnes a £1.2m project will see the demolition of a derelict former public house and the creation of 13 new apartments. 

Groundbreaking is imminent on a scheme to create 12 apartments in a £1m project at Old Liberal in Winsford, also in partnership with Onward. Crossfield Group says it will work to ensure that each of the projects deliver additional benefits to their respective local communities.

This includes employing local people on site including those who have previously been unemployed, delivering educational sessions for schools and improving local public spaces.

David Cain, director at Crossfield, said: “It’s vitally important that there are high quality homes available in the affordable rental sector and we are proud to be able to partner with Onward to deliver these much-needed apartments.

“Onward Homes is delivering some of the most innovative housing projects in the North West and we are pleased to be working alongside them to deliver these four excellent schemes.”

Established in 2012, Crossfield delivers construction projects in both the public and private sectors throughout the North West. The group’s projects span education, health, residential and commercial sectors and it now directly employs more than 50 people with its core management team all from tier one contractor backgrounds.

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