The Challenge:

Taking over from another developer who walked away from a 30 acre development opportunity in 2008, this project required the creation of Balaam Wood, which would become an an integral part of the regeneration of the Egghill area of Birmingham, providing approximately 500 new high specification homes and a new neighbourhood park.

The Council used its own delivery vehicle BMHT (Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust) to pick up the reins from the previous developer and the development is being built using funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. Kier Living was selected in 2010 to build and manage new council housing following the previous Labour government’s relaxation on the rules governing the provision of new housing by councils.

The Solution:

Communities are all about the people who live in them, so working extensively with BMHT, we engaged with house buyers and end users from the start to help shape Balaam Wood. The result is a development that offers innovative design and construction that has created a vibrant community featuring affordable homes as well as a new neighbourhood park and infrastructure improvements.

The Impact:

On completion of four phases, Balaam Wood will have 500 homes for open market sale. Residents are benefiting from striking modern homes that are efficient to run and have over 10% more space in comparison with standard private developer homes. This visionary approach has led to the development winning a What House? Best Partnership Scheme Gold Award in 2013 and Best Starter Home Scheme in 2016.

" Schemes like the one we’ve been working with Kier on are really important in meeting the housing needs of people in the city. I think Kier’s response to the offer we made was very, very strong. Also integrated within that is a new neighbourhood park, so you’re actually getting not just new houses, you’re getting a whole new community. We were very impressed with Kier, their professionalism and the quality of the product they build. "
Clive Skidmore Head of Housing, Regeneration and Development Birmingham City Council

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