Demolition complete at Cadbury Heath regeneration project

The regeneration of a Cadbury Heath street has begun after a housing association completed the demolition of the existing concrete homes.

Housing association Bromford has begun work to regenerate Hampton Close after receiving the go-ahead from South Gloucestershire Council in September. Eighteen properties in Hampton Close and six in neighbouring Newton Road plus a block of ten garages, were demolished at the end of December to make way for a total of 44 new affordable homes. The new homes will be a mix of eight one-bedroom flats, 18 two-bedroom houses, 16 three-bed homes and two four bed homes, which will be available to rent through the council’s HomeChoice system.

All of the properties demolished were non-traditional Cornish-style properties made of precast concrete. They were built as a quick solution to the housing shortage in the period after the Second World War but in recent years had begun to suffer from issues such as damp and draughts as well as becoming more expensive to heat.

Bromford’s project manager Noreen Twomey said: “We’re delighted to have completed demolition of these properties which is a key milestone in this project to provide 44 new modern, affordable homes in Cadbury Heath.

“Now the demolition is complete we hope to get started on building all of the new homes in the spring. It has taken a long time to get to this point and I’d like to thank neighbours for their patience while we have finalised our plans for the site. But it’s great to see work underway on the site and I can’t wait to see the new homes take shape over the months ahead and to welcome the first customers into their new homes.”

The completed development will provide more parking spaces per property than is currently provided and will include charging points for electric vehicles. Work to build the new homes is being carried out by Bromford’s development partner E G Carter.

Bromford is one of the county’s biggest builders of affordable homes and for the past two years has built more homes for social rent than any other housing association in England.