Contracts have been signed and hands have been shaken ahead of work beginning to transform redundant housing site Banbury into thriving homes for the future.
As part of it’s Build! programme, Cherwell District Council has appointed Art Contracts Limited and FSG Property Services Ltd to separately renovate three vacant properties, turning them into affordable homes.
Cllr Debbie Pickford, the council’s lead member for housing, said: ‘‘These are three prominent sites in Banbury which have stood empty for far too long and subsequently fallen into a state of disrepair.
‘‘This is the first step in bringing these buildings back into use to provide future residents with an affordable housing opportunity within a prime location.’’
The sites set for renovation and extension work include St Leonard’s House on the junction of Middleton Road and West Street, which had been empty for six years prior to the council purchasing it.
Juniper Court in St John’s Road and number 2 Broughton Road will also be renovated as part of the project.
Art Contracts Limited will begin work at St Leonard’s House this month and five apartments will be avaliable on an equity loan basis from late 2014/early 2015. Work at Juniper Court and 2 Broughton Road is also expected to be completed by late 2014/early 2015.
Visit www.cherwell.gov.uk/build for more information.