WORK has begun to transform the site of a derelict office building in Wirral into much-needed affordable housing for rent by local people.
The development of the site of Esher House, on the Beechwood estate in Bidston, is a partnership between leading North West housing group Regenda, Wirral Borough Council and consultants Plan B.
The development will consist of four two-bedroom houses and five three-bedroom houses.
The latest design and construction techniques will combine very high standards of energy efficiency with lower than average build costs, helping to reduce the impact on the environment.
Tracy Heyes, Regenda Executive Director Operations, said: “We are delighted to see this exciting new project moving forward, using the latest build techniques to provide local people with affordable new homes.
“Working together with our partners Plan B and Wirral Borough Council, we will be making a real difference to the neighbourhood.”
Wirral councillor Harry Smith, who represents the ward of Bidston St James, says that the new development will play a key role in local regeneration.
He said: “The old social services office building in Esher Close was derelict, it looked a real mess and had become a bit of a problem.
‘‘I was always receiving complaints about it from the residents of the Beechwood estate.’’
Cllr Smith added: “That same community is now delighted to see the area cleared and work beginning on the creation of much needed affordable homes for local people.”
Each house will come with parking, gas central heating and gardens. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.