Prospective homeowners are being invited to view the first two completed show homes at one of Wolverhampton’s latest housing development – delivering 178 new low carbon properties on the site of the former Northicote School in Bushbury. The Hampton Park building project, which is being undertaken by the city council’s WV Living‘s appointed contractor GreenSquareAccord, will also include 29 affordable rent and 16 shared ownership homes.
The Northwood Park Road development has been named after former headteacher of the school, Sir Geoff Hampton. A fully furnished four-bedroom ‘Chestnut’ house and a two-bedroom ‘Juniper’ will both be available to view from this weekend.
Councillor Steve Evans (Lab. Fallings Park), deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for housing, said:
“This is a fantastic development, and the show homes are a great way for potential homeowners to imagine their families living in this new community. The incorporation of fire suppression systems and electric vehicle charging points at each home reflects the company’s dedication to modern, sustainable living.
“In addition, GreenSquareAccord’s commitment to sustainable futures is a real strength and aligns well with the council’s carbon neutral aims. It is clear WV Living is committed to community enhancement and building better homes in well-connected neighbourhoods across the city.”
The two show homes and sales and marketing suite will be open on Saturday December 23, 10am to 3pm, and Thursday December 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30, from 10am to 3pm. They will then reopen again on Thursday January 4 from 10am to 5pm and normal opening days and times will resume there after.
Managing director of WV Living, Sally Saunders added:
“Our meticulously crafted show homes and thoughtfully designed developments are more than houses – they are the embodiment of a lifestyle where comfort meets sophistication, making them perfect havens for individuals seeking a harmonious place to call home.
“By choosing our developments, you’re not only securing a haven for your family but also investing in the growth of a vibrant neighbourhood. This festive season, we extend an open invitation for you to experience the warmth and joy within our homes, where the spirit of community thrives year-round.”
Building work on the estate began in August last year. The development will consist of a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses. All the properties will be built using pre-fabricated, insulated and fully-clad timber panels from GreenSquareAccord’s manufacturing facility, LoCaL Homes in Walsall. The off-site construction means the properties will be built quicker and with less waste compared to other traditional builds.
Wolverhampton Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019. To support national efforts to combat climate change the council is committed to reducing its own carbon emissions by 95 per cent by 2028.
Northicote School, which closed in 2014 and was demolished in 2018, was built to serve both secondary modern and grammar streams in the expanding Bushbury area during the 1950s. It was the first school in Britain to be condemned as ‘failing’ by Ofsted shortly after the organisation’s creation in 1992. But within five years it had been transformed into a “successful and over-subscribed school” under the leadership of Mr Hampton. Following the turnaround, he received a knighthood for services to education before departing to take up a professor’s role at the University of Wolverhampton.
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