Birmingham City Council

131 new homes to be built on former garage and pub sites

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has been asked to approve a two-year housebuilding programme worth nearly £19m.

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.

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.

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