Non-traditional housing redevelopment project

A PRC property being knocked down

We’re redeveloping some of our non-traditional  properties to provide modern, energy-efficient homes, fit for the 21st Century.

The properties, which are also known as pre-cast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes, are spread all across South Gloucestershire. The first site to be redeveloped was in Coalpit Heath and the 39 new homes were completed in 2016.

We've now started work to redevelop 44 properties and a rank of garages at several sites in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton and replacing them with 72, modern, energy efficient homes. Work is due to be completed in phases during 2018.

We've also applied for permission to redevelop ten properties in Little Stoke and replace them with 15 new homes.

Scroll down to see all of our project updates and watch a video of the transformation of homes in the first phase of the project below.

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Two of the Rossall Avenue properties we're proposing to redevelop

Little Stoke residents are being invited to a public consultation to view Merlin’s plans to redevelop some of its non-traditional properties.

The housing association is planning to redevelop 12 properties in Rossall Avenue and Collins Avenue in the next phase of a multi-million pound project. They are also looking to redevelop garage sites at Hercules Close and Stokebridge Avenue. The properties will be replaced with up to 23 modern, energy efficient homes, just some of the new homes Merlin is planning to build across South Gloucestershire as part of its redevelopment project.

Merlin has worked with Gloucester-based architects Quattro to draw up the plans and is now giving residents the chance to have their say, at the drop-in meeting at Little Stoke Community Hall in Little Stoke Lane on Wednesday August 19 from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “We’re giving people the chance to have a look at the plans, give us some feedback and help us shape the plans before we apply for planning permission. All of the properties we’re proposing to redevelop were built more than 50 years ago and suffer from damp and draughts and are expensive to keep warm.”

“The new homes will be cheaper to heat, will give people a greater quality of life and will help meet the growing demand for affordable housing in Little Stoke.”

The development is the latest part of Merlin’s ambitious plans to redevelop some of its non-traditional properties across South Gloucestershire and is one of the biggest programmes of its kind in recent years in the country. The housing association has already started work on its first redevelopment site in Coalpit Heath where it is initially building 39 new homes.

As well as redeveloping properties, Merlin is also carrying out external improvements to another 1,000 of its non-traditional homes. All of the work forms part of a promise made to residents when it took over South Gloucestershire Council’s housing stock in 2007.