Friendship Accomodate Growing Families in Sparkbrook
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities
Cartland Road, Sparkbrook
Six new homes in Sparkbrook have been designed to accommodate some of Birmingham’s larger families. The much needed four bedroom properties on Cartland Road, developed by Friendship Care and Housing (Friendship), offer the space needed to comfortably home families of up to six.
The attractive homes are a far cry from the 10 supported living flats that they replaced, and have helped put an end to cases of anti-social behaviour linked to the previously disused site. Work to transform the unattractive building into a family friendly neighbourhood began in October last year and just 10 months, later three families are already settling into their new homes.
“The vibrant diversity of Birmingham means that there is a huge variety in demand for homes of different sizes; the larger your family is the harder it can be to find a home where you can all live safely and affordably under one roof. These homes are ideal for six person families,” said Neil Ashford, Head of Property and Investment at Friendship.
Friendship teamed up with Manton Building Contractors to deliver the homes after securing £180,000 from the Recycled Capital Grant Fund and an extra £68,000 from the Disposals Proceeds Fund to help bring the project to fruition.
Neil Ashford went on to explain: “The project demonstrates Friendship’s commitment to rejuvenating communities and providing sustainable tenancies. Thank you to our architects, E&H Design Consultants, and the Employers Agents, Rodney Ashford Associates. We all hope that the families settle in and feel quickly at home in Sparkbrook.”