The Perry Barr Residential Scheme in Birmingham is well on the way to beating the targets it was set to help support the local economy and bring wider community benefits. More than 200 new jobs have already been created for local people and over 1,000 have learnt new skills as part of the onsite training and development offered through the project.
More than £100m has been spent with local businesses within 30 miles of the Residential Scheme, and the workforce have put in more than 1,000 hours of volunteering for local charities including Birmingham Crisis Centre and the food bank at Eden Boys’ School. News of these achievements was released as the Scheme reached a significant milestone as it ‘topped out’, by reaching the highest point in the construction of all the buildings on the scheme.
As part of the project, Kier is delivering Plot 6, which is one of the largest plots. Upon completion, the eight-storey mixed-use building will provide 267 residential apartments for the area, as well as commercial units. The build also includes parking and landscaping. The scheme is part of the wider regeneration in the north west of the city, including improved leisure and community facilities along with upgraded transport infrastructure.
Chris Stevens, managing director at Kier Regional Building Midlands, said: “This redevelopment programme supports continued growth in the area and we are pleased to have reached this important milestone, whilst also supporting the local economy and community. This is even more impressive during such a challenging time, our team have been following COVID-19 site operating procedures, which have been created in line with government guidance.”
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “There is an urgent need for high-quality new homes in this city – so it is great to see yet another significant milestone being reached on the Perry Barr Residential Scheme.
“Despite the recent challenges presented by Covid-19, the team working on this project have continued to demonstrate the highest levels of commitment and professionalism at all times. On behalf of the city council, I would like to thank everyone involved for their work so far towards the creation of a vibrant new neighbourhood at Perry Barr.”
Lendlease are the Management Contractor for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, working with Kier, Willmott Dixon and Vinci UK to deliver the project. The contractors on each plot continue to work alongside Lendlease to ensure the development continues effectively and safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anna Evans, Lendlease’s Project Director for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, said: “This is a significant milestone for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme. Helping communities to thrive is one of Lendlease’s core values so I am particularly proud of the positive economic impact the scheme is already having on the local area. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone on site.”