17th Jul, 2019

Tower block in Coventry to be demolished under £21m regeneration project

Felix Nobes 11th Jul, 2019

A TOWER block is set to be demolished with 93 new homes built in its place as part of major plans to improve an area of Coventry.

The Vincent Wyles House tower block, in Attoxhall Road, Wyken, which is made up of 144 flats, would be demolished to make way for the homes.

Meanwhile, 15-storey William Malcolm House on the same road, made up of 112 flats, would also be refurbished, the company says.

It hopes the five year project will be completed in 2024.

The regeneration plan is part of a £21million project by Citizen, the new name for housing association WM Housing Group and Whitefriars Housing.

A survey of residents who live in the blocks revealed only one in five said it was a good place to live, Citizen claims.

And 40 per cent said the area needed to be improved with crime and anti-social behaviour topping the list, it adds.

Kevin Rodgers, chief executive of WM Housing Group, which will formally become Citizen in September, said: “This is a fantastic project that will transform an area of Coventry.

“This significant investment represents the renewed commitment we have to improve our homes as we become Citizen. We are committed to working with partners to improve the lives of our residents living in Coventry.

“We know that there are a number of issues with these blocks because our residents have told us this. We believe they deserve better and we are determined to deliver that.”

The process of appointing a developer partner has started. Once appointed a consultation will take place with residents on the regeneration project.

This is expected to take place in Spring 2020.

Deputy cabinet member for housing and communities Councillor David Welsh added: “I am pleased that this investment has been found to build and refurbish hundreds of homes in Wyken.

“We must continue to work together to further develop the social housing that is available to our growing population. It is a major challenge but any positive steps are very welcome.”

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