Anwyl Homes Lancashire has started work on its first residential development in St Helens.
When complete, Lea Grange will comprise 82 properties which will help to meet the increasing demand in the area. Construction is expected to take three years.
To mark the start of the build, the housebuilder was joined by Duncan Inglis from Homes England and Joe Burnett from Network Space for the groundbreaking, with both companies having played an integral part in the land acquisition.
Cllr Richard McCauley, cabinet member for economic regeneration and housing, also attended.
John Grime, managing director of Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “We are thrilled to be on site at Lea Grange, our first residential development in St Helens. As such, it was important to mark the start of build and it was a privilege to have Duncan, Joe and councillor McCauley participate in the official ground-breaking.”
Burnett added: “We are starting to see a resurgence in mixed-use schemes, as uses once seen as conflicting, are now considered complementary and sustainable.
“Anwyl Homes’ development is the final piece of the jigsaw for the regeneration of the wider Mere Grange site following Network Space’s successful delivery of 162,000 sq ft of employment space over the last 12 months.
“We are delighted by the progress made since we sold the residential site to Anwyl Homes earlier this year and look forward to Mere Grange becoming a place where people can live as well as work.”