Construction is underway on GreenSquareAccord’s 57 new affordable homes on the former site of Bilston Social Club

Published on 27 February 2024

Construction has commenced on 57 new, energy efficient affordable homes, transforming the now demolished Springvale Sports and Social Club on Millfields Road, Bilston.

GreenSquareAccord’s new homes are comprised of one and two-bedroom flats all of which will be available for an affordable rent.

Dating back to 1939, the Springvale Sports and Social Club was partly built using funds raised by employees at a nearby ironworks. The former clubhouse has given its name to the new development.

Michael Nolan, GreenSquareAccord’s Head of Development said: “I am delighted to see spades in the ground at our Springvale housing scheme.

“This is the second stage of the development with the initial phase seeing office space previously used by GSA converted into 24 one- and two-bedroom apartments let for an affordable rent.

“Once complete, we will be providing 57 much-needed, quality and energy-efficient affordable homes.”

The homes will be constructed using our sustainable timber frames. A fabric first approach has been taken to the design of the apartments which will help customers save money on their heating bills. We have also helped deliver the first stage of the development.

Mike Doolan, our Sales and Partnerships Manager said:

“By constructing the homes using our timber frame panel system in a quality-controlled factory environment, the overall speed of construction will be accelerated, resulting in quicker handovers and earlier occupancy.

“As the home’s fabric is made from a sustainable material it will capture more carbon than traditional methods of construction and will be much more thermally efficient. This will subsequently help with the running costs resulting in lower fuel bills for customers.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with both the City of Wolverhampton Council and GSA. We will continue to provide energy efficient homes which will be cleaner, greener and healthier for the residents of Bilston.”

Last week the Springvale development was visited by local MP Pat McFadden who represents Wolverhampton South East. Commenting on the progress made to date, he said: “This site has a special place in local hearts because it was the former home of the Springvale social club. It’s great to see it being reborn with new housing. I look forward to the development progressing and the homes being completed later in the year.”

Our Chief Executive briefs Cllr Steve Evans and Pat McFadden MP about progress made to date on the second phase of our Springvale development

The new homes on Millfields Road are conveniently located with a supermarket, pubs and all the amenities of Bilston high street less than half a mile away. Springvale customers are well connected by public transport having just ten minutes to walk to get to The Crescent Metro Stop and with bus services running directly outside the development.

City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Steve Evans, said: “It is great to see the construction of these much-needed new homes underway.

“The development meets the priorities of the council’s housing strategy and Our City: Our Plan by bringing forward more affordable, energy efficient housing in our city and supports modern methods of construction to help meet our climate change commitments.

“This investment from GSA also builds on the substantial investment already made in Bilston in recent years – with plenty more in the pipeline for the development of employment land at Bilston Urban Village, town centre improvements and a new health and wellbeing facility.”

GSA’s new homes in Bilston have been designed and built by their in-house construction services team.”

The first stage of the Springvale development

Construction on the second phase of our Springvale development will be completed later this year.