Work starts on affordable homes at site of former Bamber Bridge pub

Posted on - 12th February, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Housing, Redevelopment, South Ribble News
Councillors Matthew Tomlinson (centre) and Paul Foster (right) on the McKenzie Arms site with a representative of Tyson Construction

Work has begun to create 15 new affordable homes at the former McKenzie Arms site which is located in Bamber Bridge.


The start of works on the flagship development was marked on site by Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Foster, and Cabinet Member for Finance, Property, and Assets, Cllr Matthew Tomlinson, along with a representative from contractor Tyson Construction.

The site will house 15 affordable new homes – the first council-owned properties developed by South Ribble Borough Council in 25 years.

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The development will include three, three-bedroom townhouses, nine one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments. 

All homes will be high-quality affordable rented homes that meet all current space and energy standards – with the aim of delivering a high level of comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling.

Councillor Matthew Tomlinson said: “I’m so pleased that work has begun on this development. This piece of land – as all locals will know – has been derelict for a very long time and we’ve been dedicated to ensuring we can use the site for the benefit of our community and create brand new homes. 

“We know that there is a need for high-quality affordable homes in the area and we are delivering. South Ribble is a place where people can live well and thrive, and I cannot wait to see these new houses develop over the coming months.”

The new homes are set to be affordable, safe and environmentally friendly, meeting the demand of housing stock in the area. 

They are being built close to a standard which will provide a reduction in energy bills as well as excellent indoor air quality to help alleviate allergies and respiratory problems, and will work towards zero carbon targets (coupled with a small number of renewables).

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Councillor Paul Foster said: “Take away any preconceptions you had about council-owned homes. These properties will be of the highest standard and will allow for people to live well in an affordable and energy-efficient home. 

“These are the first of hopefully many homes we are building across the borough in over two decades and I’m so proud that we are able to provide South Ribble with the exact types of homes we need.”

Funding for the development is being supported by Homes England and local provider Tyson Construction has been appointed to deliver the works.

The development is due to be complete Summer 2022. 

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