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United Living appointed to £7.9m Pillgwenlly regeneration scheme

Newport City Homes has appointed contractor United Living to work on its £7.9 million regeneration scheme in Pillgwenlly.

The scheme will see garages in Knight Close, Coulson Close, Francis Street and Alma Street demolished. Nine one-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom houses will be built, as well as a new community hub.

This work is part of a £10 million investment in the area.

“This is wonderful news and makes us one step closer to completing our vision for Pillgwenlly,” said Jane Mudd, chair of the NCH board. “These ambitious plans are a result of a dedicated group of residents, retailers and the wider community working with us to understand the unique and diverse needs of their community.

“We understand the challenges that this community faces. However, we are confident that with the support of the local community, this project will help tackle anti-social behaviour and make a real difference to those living in the area.

“United Living has a proven track record of delivering ambitious projects such as this. Together, we have a real opportunity to create a legacy that will bring benefits to residents, businesses and visitors alike for many years to come.”

The project also involves recladding the outside surfaces of a number of the existing buildings to improve their appearance, and removing a basketball court in Francis Drive, which is often the target of anti-social behaviour. In its place, two new areas of open space and parking will be created.

United Living’s regional manager Mark Perry said: “We work with our partners to deliver not just high quality homes but wider benefits including training, local employment and community initiatives.

“The end customer always remains at the heart of our approach to design and delivery; resulting in the provision of bespoke solutions based on individual needs and lifestyle. Our simple aim is to create a lasting legacy, supporting the sustainable growth of local people and business via our delivery approach.”

Planning permission for the scheme was approved in January 2016 and work is expected to start on site in the summer.

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