Green PM are working with Developers PlaceFirst on a landmark project to turn 35 derelict properties into 25 energy-efficient homes, in the Welsh Streets Area of Toxteth, Liverpool. PlaceFirst signed a deal with Liverpool council in January, aiming to begin work as soon as surveys were completed. The move came after a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to reject council bosses’ previous plans to demolish the properties, which include the home of Beatle Ringo Starr. Derelict houses in Powis Street, one of Toxteth’s Welsh Streets were also used recently to film the popular BBC drama Peaky Blinders.
Speaking ahead of the work starting, Mayor Joe Anderson said:
“When we partnered with Place First in January, I pledged that we would start work as soon as detailed surveys had been completed. We’ve already demonstrated with the regeneration of Anfield and our Homes for a Pound scheme that we are leading the way in finding imaginative ways of retaining properties where it is viable to do so. The pilot scheme is designed to show the local community how the homes can look when they are fully refurbished to modern standards, and will set the standard for refurbishment across the wider Welsh Streets area. The new homes will provide spacious, modern accommodation to suit households and families of all sizes through innovative remodelling that will deliver a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom homes with gardens.'
David Smith-Milne, Managing Director and founder of PlaceFirst said: “We are delighted to start work on this pilot scheme so soon. Delivering an ‘early win’ and showing the local community that we are committed to this project was a mutual priority for PlaceFirst and the Council from the outset. The remodelling and refurbishment of these properties will be a difficult and complex task, but we are confident that we can deliver aspirational, distinctive homes that preserve and compliment the heritage of this historic neighbourhood.