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Lovell to build £100m, 800-home Cardiff urban village

City housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell has been selected by the Tirion Group to transform a former paper mill site in Cardiff with 800 brand-new homes.

Tirion is a not-for-profit organisation, initially created through a partnership between Welsh Government and Principality Building Society.

The development of the £100 million new urban village at the 53-acre former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, in Canton, to the west of the city centre, is one of Wales’ largest urban regeneration programmes. The construction programme is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, many for people living locally.

It will establish The Mill, a brand-new sustainable community featuring high-quality homes – a mix of houses and apartments – in an attractive riverside setting, as well as providing new business, commercial and recreational space. Around half of the 800 new dwellings will be affordable homes.

The first phase of development will create 358 homes for open market sale by Lovell and 102 homes for Tirion which will be for discounted rent, open market rent and social rent. An additional 340 homes for Tirion will be built in further phases of the scheme as well as a neighbourhood centre with shopping and community facilities.

David Ward, chief executive of the Tirion Group, says: “This is a ground-breaking project which promises to be a blueprint for similar high-quality communities across the country. We’re pleased to have secured a partner of the calibre of Lovell to deliver this scheme. The fact that both open market and affordable homes are all being built by the same partner means we will achieve a consistent high quality across the whole development with no distinction between the different parts.”

Lovell managing director Stewart Davenport says: “This major regeneration programme will bring new life to one of Cardiff’s biggest brownfield sites creating urgently-needed quality homes in a sought-after location close to the city centre.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Tirion Group on this scheme which will also deliver considerable employment and training opportunities, including apprenticeships, for local people throughout the construction programme as well as new infrastructure and community facilities.”  As part of the project, Lovell plans to work with the Construction Industry Training Board to establish a Cardiff-based National Skills Academy programme which will deliver apprenticeships and training placements for local people through The Mill scheme.

Lovell, based locally in Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff, has an established record of achievement in the delivery of large-scale, residential-led mixed tenure regeneration developments, and was selected following a competitive tendering process.

Work began in December 2015 on the creation of the infrastructure for the development which will feature a tree-lined main boulevard with leafy ‘green streets’ branching off it. Construction of the new homes will begin in Autumn 2016 with the first 102 homes for Tirion set to be completed by the end of  2017 and the development of 358 homes for sale set to be finished in 2022.