Ground-breaking ceremony marks start of work on £22million Biart Place project - The Rugby Observer

Ground-breaking ceremony marks start of work on £22million Biart Place project

A GROUND-BREAKING ceremony has officially marked the start of work on Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) £22million project to build 100 new homes at Biart Place.

The development has secured a £6.8million grant from Homes England’s Affordable Homes Programme 2021-2026, together with a further £2million from the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

The council has appointed Willmott Dixon to deliver the project, which includes 60 one and two-bedroomed flats, 20 maisonettes and 20 two, three and four-bedroomed houses.

The council says sustainable design and construction have been put at the heart of the development, which will include electric vehicle charging points, solar panels and air source heat pumps.




The development has also been designed to complement the Victorian-era housing on Clifton Road and surrounding streets, with all homes set to be allocated to eligible households on the council’s waiting list.

Willmott Dixon has now started to prepare the site in readiness for building work to start in early 2024, with the development scheduled for completion in 2026.


Coun Tim Willis, RBC’s spokesman for communities, homes, digital and communications, said: “A lot of hard work has brought us to this milestone and we’re all now looking forward to watching the development take shape.

“Thanks to the grant from Homes England, we have been able to allocate all 100 properties for social housing, delivering modern, energy efficient homes for our tenants while ensuring the design of the development both complements the site’s Victorian surroundings and lays the foundation for a new, thriving community at Biart Place.”

Councillors first approved plans to develop the site five years ago after structural surveys revealed both of Biart’s tower blocks – which comprised 124 one and two-bedroomed flats – were beyond economic repair.

RBC’s work on both the Biart Place and Rounds Gardens developments saw the council nominated for the Council of the Year Award at the UK Housing Awards 2020.

Michelle Cotterill, director at Willmott Dixon, said: “These affordable homes will provide much-needed provision in the area, while also delivering sustainable homes which are low carbon and energy efficient.

“The development is just part of the regeneration efforts taking place in Rugby and will deliver high-quality modern homes, helping to make the area a more attractive place for locals to stay and for others to consider relocating to.”

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/biartplace for more information on the Biart Place development. Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/socialhousing to join the council’s housing waiting list.

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