Huyton Community Co-operative For The Elderley is a community-led provider of sheltered housing for the over 60s which is now building six new two bedroom bungalows on land it owns next to the Caldwell Centre on Tarbock Road in Huyton.
The project has been approved for grant funding from Homes England, with successful bids through their CHF (Community Housing Fund) and SOAHP (Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme) with the assistance of Irwell Valley Homes who are also providing project management services.
The project started on site this month and is expected to be completed by November 2021.
The new build scheme has been led by the Co-operative’s Chairman, Brian O'Hare, with support from managing agent, North West Housing Services. The tendering of the works was led by Rider Levett Bucknall with the building contract awarded to a local Liverpool based contractor HMS Ltd.
Long established housing cooperatives are growing - building new homes and welcoming new members. And new co-operatives are setting up, as people look to find their own solutions to access affordable housing in their community.
Liverpool City Region has a strong history of local people setting up their own community-led housing projects, especially housing co-operatives. Today there are more than 30 housing co-operatives that are managed, either entirely, or mainly, by their tenants across Merseyside.
Brian O’Hare said: “Our Co-operative was formed in 1984 and we currently have 58 homes across two sites in Huyton. This new build is a major step forward for the Co-operative, following a lot of hard work by our members and management committee, and will help us meet the great demand for accommodation for the over 60s in the area.”
For more information about community-led housing www.communityledhomes.org.uk
Photo caption – Left to right. Phil Earl, Chief Executive of North West Housing Services, Ian McGillivary, Commercial Director at HMS Ltd, Ryan Jones, Construction Manager at HMS Ltd, Jason Davies, Project Manager at Irwell Valley Homes and Brian O'Hare, Chair of Huyton Community Co-operative For The Elderly.