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Construction work starts on new £14m housing development in Garston

Published: 15 November 2023

Work is underway on a 74-home development in the heart of Garston village, transforming derelict land into a vibrant new community.

As part of South Liverpool Homes’ (SLH) ongoing commitment to provide affordable homes for local people, the £14m development, which has received funding from Homes England, will include one and two-bedroom apartments and six retail units that will be split across three separate buildings.

In a sought-after area that’s close to local amenities including Liverpool South Parkway railway station, thriving local shops and a large health centre, the new development will see SLH build 27 homes for social rent and 35 rent to buy homes, opening doors for local people who want to take their first step on the property ladder.

One of the buildings will also accommodate 12 homes solely for affordable rent for people over 55 years of age, meeting the needs of older people in the area.

All of the homes will be highly energy efficient and are being built to EPC rating A, helping our customers reduce their energy and heating bills.

The development, aptly named ‘The Old Baths’ as the homes are being built on land that was once the home of the former Garston Public Baths, will be built by Legacie Construction with work expected to be completed over the next two years.

Above: SLH CEO Anna Bishop on site at The Old Baths - Garston. 

South Liverpool Homes’ Chief Executive, Anna Bishop, is delighted that work has officially started, “The Old Baths development aligns perfectly with our vision to create great homes, strong communities and bright futures for the south Liverpool area. We are committed to building good-quality homes that people are proud to call their home, and this development will not only help create a vibrant and inclusive community, but it will also contribute significantly to the ongoing positive transformation of the area.”

“We understand the current financial challenges that many people are facing, and that’s why these new homes are so important to the area. The option of purchasing an apartment under the rent to buy initiative gives local people the opportunity to gradually transition from renting to owning their home, perfect for those who are struggling to save up for a deposit.

“The addition of the retail units will also offer opportunities for small businesses to establish themselves in the heart of Garston.”

Gavin Currie, managing director at Legacie, said: "Legacie is proud to support South Liverpool Homes and its plans for The Old Baths site. This is our first project in the social housing sector and we are delighted to be working alongside SLH in providing vital, high-quality housing stock for the Garston area that will hopefully form part of the solution to the ongoing housing crisis across the Liverpool City Region."

The development is part of SLH’s wider plans to build 280 new homes across Speke and Garston by 2027, with plans submitted for 92 homes on South Parade in Speke and 24 homes on Window Lane and Church Road, Garston.

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