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Lovell lands £8.5m affordable homes scheme in Gloucestershire

5 Jan 16 Housing association Merlin Affordable has handed Lovell an £8.5m contract to build 72 homes in two South Gloucestershire villages.

Artist’s impression of the new homes in Iron Acton
Artist’s impression of the new homes in Iron Acton

The contract is part of the latest £14m phase of Merlin’s programme to redevelop or refurbish its 1,500 homes of non-traditional construction. Lovell will replace 44 properties in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton with modern energy-efficient homes. The homes being replaced were built after World War II and are now suffering issues including damp and draughts.

Lovell is currently near completion of 39 new homes for Merlin at Coalpit Heath in a separate project, which is also part of the redevelopment programme.

Merlin project manager Sally Gilbert said: “Building new homes is one of our top priorities as there is a real need for affordable homes in South Gloucestershire. Together with the homes we’re already building in Coalpit Heath, this is going to provide a huge boost for local families looking for somewhere affordable to live.”

Lovell regional director Kate Rees said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Merlin and look forward to starting work on the next stage of this important scheme which is making a real difference to the lives of residents, creating smart, energy-efficient, modern homes for local people.”

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