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Lovell seals contract for renewables-led regeneration project

Lovell has signed contracts with Southampton City Council for three estate regeneration projects, together worth £28 million that will deliver more than 200 new homes.

The affordable housing and regeneration group will work with social housing provider First Wessex to build the new housing at three sites: Exford Avenue, Harefield; Laxton Close, Sholing and Meggeson Avenue, Bitterne Park.

Work on the five-year construction programme is expected to start in May 2012.

The new homes, which will replace existing housing, will be available across a range of tenures including market rent, social rent and shared ownership. The new properties will feature one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and apartments.

At Exford Avenue, Lovell will also replace an existing parade of shops with seven new shops as well as moving a children’s play area.

The new housing at all three sites will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, incorporating sustainable features including solar photovoltaic panels.

Lovell regional director Steve Coombs said: “Lovell has a proven track record in delivering housing regeneration programmes which revive neighbourhoods and create sustainable, vibrant communities where people want to live.

“Our team is delighted to be working on this major transformational programme with Southampton City Council and First Wessex.”