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A small town centre car park has been turned into 14 new homes for Slough people.
The 12 car parking spaces at the former Alpha Street North car park are now six one bedroom and eight two bedroom apartments.
The homes have been delivered by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) who handed the development back to the council this month ready for tenants to move straight into.
All the apartments will be social housing and managed by James Elliman Homes Ltd on the council’s behalf. They will be allocated to qualifying residents on the housing waiting list which will help to meet the need for more affordable homes in the borough.
The homes have all been completed to a high standard and include carefully designed open plan kitchen and living spaces, well specified bathroom suites and flooring throughout. Many of the apartments also include a balcony.
Works began on site in December 2019 and construction continued safely with revised workplace measures during the coronavirus pandemic.
Stephen Gibson, the council’s executive director for place, said: “This project is in the heart of the town and near all the facilities it offers now and the exciting plans for the future.
“They are really well thought through properties which will be happy homes for Slough people.
“The small sites project is turning underutilised pockets of land into somewhere Slough residents can live.”
Paul Aubrey, project manager at Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), said: “This is a fantastic development that has been delivered to a high standard.
“It will provide welcome housing for the town and more specifically, for Slough residents.
“The homes here enjoy a central location and are well placed to enjoy all that this town has to offer – from its vast array of new sports and leisure facilities to its great transport connections and the continued regeneration, which is already underway.”
The Alpha Street apartments, built by LifeBuild, is part of the council’s wider small sites initiative, which aims to bring sites such as old garages and run down properties into use for new homes.
Slough Urban Renewal is a 50:50 joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Muse Developments. Its purpose is to deliver ambitious objectives to transform the borough of Slough for all residents.
The homes have been built as the affordable homes requirement linked to the Novus Apartments on the High Street.
Novus Apartments is a collection of 64 studio suites and one and two bedroom apartments located on the former library site in Slough town centre. The homes at Novus Apartments are now available for private sale, with prices starting from £199,950. The sales suite is open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 5pm. There are three, show apartments to view, with viewings by appointment only. Help to Buy is available. For more information visit www.novusapartments.co.uk