A building contractor has been chosen for the Phoenix Avenue development in Wokingham, and work on site is due to start in the next few months.
Hill is the successful tender for this major £12million Wokingham Borough Council scheme, and will physically build this new community on the site of former Eustace Crescent - now demolished and renamed ready for its transformation.
It will boast a range of 68 modern homes from one bedroom flats to four bed houses each with their own private amenity space or garden, and community landscaping – replacing the tired 1960s blocks.
Preparation for the building work is due to start on site before Christmas, and construction of the first phase of homes early next year. The whole development is due to be finished in 2017.
The project is being managed on behalf of the borough council by Wokingham Housing Ltd, which it owns.
Its new name Phoenix Avenue, which was officially came into force this summer, was chosen by borough residents in a public competition run by a local newspaper.
“We put our tender for the scheme out on the Delivery Partner Panel 2 (DPP2), which is a framework of prequalified housing developers for the construction of homes on land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency and other public sector bodies such as us,” said Cllr John Kaiser, Wokingham Borough Council executive member for planning and highways.
“This gave us a choice of the very best companies already proven to do this kind of project.
“We received tenders from four companies and based our detailed evaluation of their bids on a fairly even split between quality and cost.
“This is a really exciting stage in the project with the builder now chosen. Since demolition finished all the work has been going on behind the scenes. Now it will very much be visible again and the start of the new homes physically going up.”
Bill Flood, managing director of Wokingham Housing Ltd, said: “It’s great to see all the hard work to date start to bear visible results in creating new, much needed homes for local people.
“We’re working closely with Hill to make sure we deliver a first class scheme on time and to budget.
“As the council’s private housing company, we’ve been looking at where we might be able to save costs while maintaining the same quality of build and design to ensure maximum value for money for the borough’s population.”
Hill is a proven and award winning house builder, across London and the south east, with a lot of experience in public sector projects similar to Phoenix Avenue.
Cain Peters, regional director at Hill, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and we are looking forward to working together with Wokingham Borough Council to deliver this exciting new development.”
First published: 3 September 2015