The development programme will involve the council’s housebuilding arm – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) – delivering 107 new homes for social rent and 24 new homes for sale on small sites, such as former garages and pubs.
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The BMHT has built around 2,500 new homes in the last three years and more than 20% of all new homes in Birmingham since 2011.
Cllr Peter Griffiths, cabinet member for housing and homes, said: “Despite huge pressures on the council, we are determined to tackle the housing crisis – building new homes, working with housing partners in the region and pursuing creative solutions to address different housing needs.
“This latest programme contains mostly small schemes – building houses on redundant garage courts, municipal depots and the sites of former pubs across the city.
“In order to deliver this, we will encourage smaller contractors to re-enter the housebuilding market using a relatively new system which allows us to take a flexible approach with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”
In June 2016, the council cabinet approved a new dynamic purchasing system, which allowed SME contractors to join at any point in a four-year term.
The first four contractors were formally appointed in March 2017.
“This is a win for housebuilding, a win for the economy and a win for training,” Cllr Griffiths added.
The scheme will also provide up to 19 apprenticeships and around £660,000 worth of income to support the Building Birmingham Scholarship initiative.