Our scheme at Fairstead is situated within the north east corner of the existing Fairstead housing estate, in the Ashurst Ward of Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.
The site is 'L' shaped and prior to our development, comprised mainly grass, trees and shrubs.
The scheme provides 14 affordable new homes for West Lancashire Borough Council, comprising of eight apartments located in two, two storey blocks and six semi-detached dwellings in a new cul-de-sac arrangement forming around a new road. Parking for residents will be provided in a combination of private and communal parking spaces.
The new homes have been designed to respond to their immediate context in Skelmersdale, where they will be in close proximity to a number of existing buildings of a similar height.
• Work started in November 2020
• Building completed by November 2021
On completion at Fairstead, we took the opportunity to celebrate our strength in partnership and commitment to developing skills by officially opening the scheme with Whitfield and Brown’s, Nigel Welch as well as apprentice Josh and trainee Dale.
Mark Kitts of Tawd Valley Developments is also pictured. He said: “It’s also important to emphasise the employment opportunities that arise from our developments and it was great to meet Josh and Dale, both well on their journey of a long career in construction.”
Cllr Jenny Wilkie, portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, said: “Once again Tawd Valley Developments have delivered on their promise to build fantastic council homes for the tenants of West Lancashire.
“Providing employment and growth opportunities for local people and businesses was a key part of our decision to build our own Council homes, so to see local young people gaining valuable experience that will set them on the road to successful careers is especially gratifying.”
The houses and apartments have been designed with large windows to maximise daylight with all properties benefiting from recessed front entrances to provide shelter and a sense of arrival for the occupants and their visitors.
The proposed design has drawn inspiration from local examples of older housing and their typologies, as well as surrounding building components, landscaping and materials.
The completed Affordable Rent properties will be owned and managed by West Lancashire Borough Council.