A contractor has been appointed to work on a huge redevelopment of Solihull. Regeneration of the parade village center of Kingshurst is gaining momentum.
At a Kingshurst Parish Council meeting on March 10, Councilor David Cole shared an update on the latest Kingshurst ward member briefing. Cllr Cole said that following a meeting with three contractors, council bosses chose Willmott Dixon to develop the parade.
Willmott Dixon markets itself as the UK’s leading independent construction and property services company. It has now entered into a pre-construction services agreement with Solihull Council to have the next stage of the detailed design subject to planning permission approval.
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Cllr Cole said: “They’ve appointed a developer who is Willmott Dixon. You might see people on the show working in the next few weeks.
“They will be doing gas checks. Hopefully the design of the houses and the center will go into planning on March 30. If not ready because there are a lot of details in each of the houses that they’re designing, so it’ll probably go to the planning committee in April.”
Demolition work began in Kingshurst last month with garages and other minor aspects leveled in anticipation of larger scale work later this year. Plans for the long-awaited program include 79 homes, new stores and a medical center.
The current phase of demolition does not include any commercial units or residential properties. The program is expected to be completed in the winter of 2025, although it is thought this could be pushed back.
According to the council, the first stages of the project will involve the demolition of the old clinic building on Colling Walk and nearby garage blocks, as well as the demolition of the old housing office on Church Close.
Landowners and unitholders received mandatory buy orders, forcing landowners to sell for regeneration. Some have already moved, but others are struggling to take the next steps as they risk being uprooted from their homes.