North Solihull Partnership brought under one roof
(2nd January 2007)
The North Solihull Partnership – the organisation responsible for delivering the Regenerating North Solihull programme – has seen in 2007 by moving into a new project office within the regeneration area, as part of the process of gearing up for the next phase of intensive investment.
Located on the site of Kingfisher School, off Kingfisher Drive, close to Smith's Wood shopping centre, the North Solihull Partnership project office houses over 20 people from the development consortium, which consists of housebuilder Bellway Homes, investment-led regeneration company Inpartnership, Solihull Council and Registered Social Landlord Whitefriars Housing Group.
Whilst the first Â£7million housing scheme nears completion, a second, larger housing scheme totalling Â£15million is now underway. Furthermore, the first state of the art extended primary school has also started on site, and an additional Â£80million worth of regeneration activity is set to be confirmed over the next 12 months.
Janet Bradbury, Chief Executive of the North Solihull Partnership commented: "It is important that at a time when the amount of physical regeneration activity we are delivering in North Solihull is gathering pace, the people working on the project are brought together to coordinate activities from a unified project office.
"It is really important that the team is based in the area and are accessible to local residents. Being based together in one office helps both coordination and communication with local residents and business owners."
Regenerating North Solihull covers Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge, and is home to 40,000 residents. Over the lifetime of the project, an estimated 8,500 new homes are scheduled to be built in the area to provide a much greater choice of good quality mixed tenure housing for local people, as well as to encourage new residents to relocate in North Solihull. In addition, 12,500 existing homes will be refurbished.
Supporting the development of new homes, and acting as a crucial element of the large scale community revival programme, five new mixed-use village centres will be created across North Solihull, incorporating retail, healthcare, work space and community facilities, and a series of new extended primary schools will also be built. The school rebuilding programme will enable each primary school aged child to have a place in a new school.
In addition to the investment in new primary schools, Â£120million is being spent on secondary school education in North Solihull, thanks to first wave Building Schools for the Future funding, and the uniquely funded Grace Academy on Chapelhouse Road. Furthermore, Solihull College has also recently opened its new Â£13.6million Woodlands Campus in Smith's Wood.
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