Derelict Black Country factory site given new lease of life

An artist’s impression of how the Lockside Walk development will look.

An artist’s impression of how the Lockside Walk development will look.

First published in Local

THIS is the first glimpse of what a neglected former industrial plant in Brierley Hill will look like once the site is transformed to create 80 new homes.

The disused Lloyds engineering plant, off Brettell Lane, had fallen into disrepair after it was vacated by its old occupiers but now piles of rubble, clumps of weeds and broken hardstanding are being replaced by a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.

Lockside Walk will have a total of 200 car parking spaces, with a combination of garages, on-site parking, communal courtyard and off-street parking.

Developer, Taylor Wimpey (West Midlands), expects the first wave of homes will be be finished in November, with the whole canal-side development complete by late 2016.

Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We’re proud to be building high-quality homes at all our developments throughout the region, but it’s particularly satisfying to be able to transform an area which is in dire need of regeneration into something which is a genuine asset to the local community."

She added: “The former Lloyds factory site had been vacant and disused for some time and it really wasn’t doing justice to the area – but now construction is well under way at Lockside Walk, its appearance is changing dramatically for the better."

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