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Lovell appointed to £8.5m affordable homes scheme for Merlin in South Gloucestershire

Affordable housing developer Lovell has been appointed to an £8.5 million contract which will deliver 72 homes for housing association Merlin in two South Gloucestershire villages.

The contract to build the new homes is part of the latest £14 million phase of Merlin’s major programme to redevelop or refurbish its 1,500 homes of non-traditional construction. Developed following close consultation with the local community, it will create energy-efficient, modern homes in place of 44 properties in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton.

Artist’s impression of the new homes in Iron Acton.

Lovell is currently nearing completion of 39 new homes for Merlin at Coalpit Heath in a separate project which is also part of the redevelopment programme.

Merlin project manager Sally Gilbert says: “Building new homes is one of our top priorities as there is a real need for affordable homes in South Gloucestershire. Together with the homes we’re already building in Coalpit Heath, this is going to provide a huge boost for local families looking for somewhere affordable to live.

“We’re pleased to be working with Lovell again on the next phase of our ambitious project. It’s been great to see the new homes Lovell are currently building taking shape over the past few months and we’re delighted that they are on track to complete the 39 new homes at Coalpit Heath ahead of schedule.”

Lovell regional director Kate Rees says: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Merlin and look forward to starting work on the next stage of this important scheme which is making a real difference to the lives of residents, creating smart, energy-efficient, modern homes for local people.”

The homes being replaced by Merlin were built after the Second World War and are now suffering issues including damp and draughts.