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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Customer Liaison Officer Sarah Durbin talks to Iron Acton residents about our plans for the construction of new homes in the village

We've been meeting neighbours living close to the sites of our latest £8.5m housing development.

In the next couple of months we're going to be starting work to build 72 new homes in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton to replace 44 existing properties.

Ahead of work starting the Chipping Sodbury-based housing association invited people living close to the sites in the two villages to come and have a chat with its staff and contractors Lovell Partnerships Limited, who have been appointed to build the new homes.

Development Manager Noreen Twomey said: “We were pleased that so many people attended the two events. There were lots of specific questions about the sites, which we were able to answer and allay any concerns about the building work.

“There’s huge demand for quality, affordable housing in the area and we’re committed to meeting this demand. These homes are in great locations and are sure to be popular and now we can’t wait to get started.”

Some of the existing properties have already been demolished, and work will start in Coalpit Heath in summer 2016. The 72 new homes will be a mixture of one and two bedroom flats, two, three and four bedroom houses, plus some one and two bedroom bungalows.

The new homes are the next phase of Merlin’s project to redevelop or refurbish its 1,500 non-traditional homes in South Gloucestershire. Work on the project’s first 39 new homes in Coalpit Heath is currently nearing completion. The finishing touches are being applied to the homes now, ready for the first people to move in summer 2016.

The developments are part of Merlin’s goal to be building 300 new homes every year from 2019. It’s currently onsite building more than 100 homes at the moment.