Monday marked the start of demolition on the first phase of the scheme with four houses on White Horse Lane being demolished.
The team from E G Carter & Co Ltd and GreenSquare Housing Association visited the site to mark the occasion and reinforce the commitment to transforming the area. Residents, team members and local dignitaries all got involved in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of a new lease of life in Culverhay.
The former residents of the first houses to be demolished donned hard hats and high vis jackets and got stuck in to lend a hand with the demolition, each excited for the regeneration of their new homes and lives.
Howard Toplis, Chief Executive at GreenSquare, said: “We have been working closely with local residents to get to this point in the project, so it's great to see the first stage of works now getting underway in this exciting new chapter for Culverhay.
“The regeneration will not only provide new homes to address the housing need in North Wiltshire, but will also help to revitalise the area to benefit the residents of Culverhay and the wider Cricklade community.”
The £15million project includes plans to demolish 65 older properties in total, replacing them with 109 energy efficient and comfortable homes, which will be a mixture of shared ownership, affordable rent and outright sale.
GreenSquare was granted planning permission to progress with the project by Wiltshire Council in April 2017. Since then E G Carter & Co Ltd has been readying the site to begin phase one of the work, which includes demolishing four properties to build eight new ones.
Phil Barnes, Regional Manager from E G Carter & Co Ltd said: “We are delighted to have commenced this exciting regeneration project on behalf of Greensquare. The amount of support for this project within the local community is inspiring and we are excited about our role in re-shaping this part of Cricklade”
The project also promises to improve the public areas of the neighbourhood, address road safety and parking concerns, while preserving the existing strong sense of community and neighbourliness in the estate.