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Construction of a brand new housing development has started in Mereside.
The new £11.6 Million Troutbeck Crescent will see 75 new homes built to replace the original five three-storey blocks.
Blackpool firm Tyson Construction has been appointed as principal contractor to undertake the design and construction of the 75 residential dwellings; consisting of 27 two bed houses, 18 three bed houses, 2 three bed accessible houses, 9 two bed accessible houses and 19 one bedroom apartments, in partnership with Blackpool Council and Blackpool Coastal Housing.
Demolition has been taking place over the last few months and the site is now clear ahead of Tyson Construction commencing the build.
During the clearance of the site, 152 trees and shrubs have been moved. The majority of these have been relocated across Blackpool, from Stanley Park to Norbreck.
The trees that had to be felled have received a new lease of life. Queens Park will benefit from new benches that have been carved out of the trunks.
A number of tree trunks have been donated to Blackpool Zoo. They have been used as enrichment and food inside the elephant enclosure, while some have been installed in the aviaries for branching support.
Any trees that were felled will be replaced as part of the new development.
Cllr Neal Brookes, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The previous housing at Troutbeck Crescent had become increasingly unpopular and difficult to let – as a result there was a high turnover of tenants.
“The new homes reflect the properties that are in highest demand in Blackpool. They will be well-designed with good space standards, low running costs and within an attractive environment that integrates with the surrounding area, and creates an inviting gateway into Blackpool.
“It is great to see work starting on site and even better to know that 92% of the Tyson workforce are local residents. The development will not only provide new properties but it is also benefiting the local economy and quality.”
Jeremy Whittle, Managing Director at Tyson Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with Blackpool Council on this significant regeneration project, delivering much needed affordable housing – in our home town”.
The first properties are due to be complete in early 2021 and form part of Blackpool Council’s wider plan to make Blackpool better. Sign up for free news about Blackpool’s regeneration at www.blackpool.gov.uk/betterblackpool
For more information about Blackpool Coastal Housing and how to apply for the properties, please visit their website at www.bch.co.uk or call 01253 477900.