From left Assad Hamed (Homes and Communities Agency), Councillor Adrian Andrew (Walsall Council), Clive Jessup (Jessup Build Develop), Regional Minister Ian Austin MP, Brian Lowe (Walsall Regeneration Company) and Lakhbir Jaspal (Accord Housing) are pictured with children from Birchills School and the time capsule.
The Regional Minister for the West Midlands Ian Austin MP launched the building work on the first phase of our new homes development at Walsall’s Waterfront South on February 8th to begin its transformation as a dynamic canalside quarter.
The planning of this development has been some four years in the making and is the result of extensive collaboration with the local authority and Walsall Regeneration Company and ourselves.
Having achieved Preferred Partner status with the Homes and Communities Agency [HCA], we received direct grant funding of £8.7m from the HCA Kickstart 1 programme [the second largest in the country and the largest in the regions], for the first phase of the development.
The Start Event of the development was held at the internationally renowned New Art Gallery Walsall, which is adjacent to the scheme, and forms a cultural backdrop to the development. Ian Austin told guests at the launch: “I am delighted to celebrate the start of work on this first phase of over 150 homes for local people. This has only been possible because the Government decided to increase spending to get Britain through the downturn, keep the economy moving and save jobs in the construction industry. Waterfront South is a tangible example of the success of the Government programme – helping to build the homes that families need, supporting the construction industry, and crucially creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people”.
Children from Birchills Primary School presented Mr Austin with a time capsule of their thoughts and drawings of life in Walsall, which will be buried on the site.