E G Carter & Co Ltd have handed over the first phase of the regeneration of Culverhay in Cricklade two months ahead of programme.

Work started on site at Culverhay in May, with the demolition of four houses making room for eight new properties to sit in their place - five bungalows and three houses.

The properties were handed over on Tuesday 5th December to GreenSquare Housing Association. Residents have started moving into the new homes, having been decanted from properties elsewhere in Culverhay, which are set to be demolished as part of the next phase of the project.

Corrina Johnson, Development Project Manager, said: "The regeneration of Culverhay has been a long time in the planning and there has been a lot of hard work to get to this point. So we are just absolutely thrilled that we have got to the stage where the first phase is complete and residents are moving into their new homes.

"Everything looks great, and E G Carter & Co Ltd have done a fantastic job to get the houses finished this year, so that residents can move in, in time for Christmas.”

The next phase of work will begin at Culverhay in the new year. Phase two of the project will see six bungalows demolished to make way for the construction of 14 new houses.

Phillip Barnes, Manager at E G Carter & Co Ltd said “Finishing phase 1 two months ahead of schedule is fantastic, we couldn’t have done this without our site team working alongside all parties to ensure everyone was happy with the outcome. Its been great to see the regeneration starting to have an identity and on behalf of E G Carter & Co Ltd, we wish the new residents a very happy first Christmas in their new homes.”

In total, the 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.