'Ambitious' project to build 100 homes in St Albans city centre
PUBLISHED: 09:58 03 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:58 03 April 2019
A construction company has been selected for a development which will see 100 new homes built in St Albans city centre.
The St Albans district council project will form part of the Civic Centre Opportunities Site (CCOS) redevelopment on the site of the former St Albans Police Station, bordered by Victoria Street, Bricket Road and Civic Close.
Morgan Sindall Construction has been selected as preferred bidder for the project, under a pre-construction services agreement.
The overall CCOS site will be divided into northern and southern sites at the heart of the city centre. The five-storey police station and a former NHS clinic will be demolished to make way for a new residential and commercial development, across two six-storey buildings.
These will house 100 mixed tenure apartments, alongside commercial and retail facilities on the first and ground floors.
There will also be a new basement car park containing more than 100 parking spaces.
Of the newly built homes, around half will be one-bedroom units, 40 per cent will be two-bedroom, and the remainder will be three-bedroom. Around 40 per cent of the homes will be affordable housing units.
Morgan Sindall’s area director David Rowsell said: “We are delighted to have been selected as preferred bidder for this transformational scheme, which will create a distinctive and vibrant new quarter in the heart of the city.
“Our team has extensive experience in successfully delivering complex urban regeneration developments and we are pleased and proud to have the opportunity to leverage that deep and varied knowledge to deliver an outstanding development for St Albans.”
The company also delivered the residential Oak Tree Gardens development at the site of the former Museum of St Albans in Hatfield Road.
Cllr Julian Daly, portfolio holder for commercial and development, said: “We are looking forward to working with Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver this project and fulfil our vision of transforming a rundown area of the city centre.
“This is one of the most ambitious developments that the council has ever undertaken and it is very exciting that we are now moving on to the construction work.”