THE Starley Housing Co-operative is celebrating the start of work to create 56 new homes in Coventry city centre.
It has teamed up with Coventry City Council and the Accord Housing Association to build the houses at a car park on the old Queen Victoria Road.
The site, which extends to almost an acre and backs on to Starley Road will be transformed over the next 15 months to create the inner-city development which will include large family homes as well as apartments for singles, couples and families.
It will also include a children's play area, communal garden and meeting room.
The £ 5.2 million project will be jointly funding by the Housing Corporation and Accord Housing Association, and will provide much needed housing for rent.
Architects Roger Dudley and Associates has designed the project working with Accord and Starley Housing Co-operative, who will manage the completed development and will benefit from being able to share the children's play facility and communal meeting room.
Proposals are also being considered to incorporate other features such as an IT suite and car club into the development.
The development will be built by Kendrick Construction in a modern courtyard style with the houses and apartments overlooking the children's play area and the car parking space.
A walkway will connect the new development with Starley Road to enable the two communities to feel more like one and to ensure that children have safe access to the play area.
Cllr David Arrowsmith, cabinet member for urban regeneration and regional planning, said: "I am delighted work is now underway on this important city centre housing development.
"We have agreed that 50 per cent of the new homes will be let to tenants from the city council's register and 50 per cent from Starley Housing Co-operative."