Contract signed for major regeneration project in inner city Leeds

A major contract to deliver a huge regeneration programme for inner city of Leeds has been signed.

Leeds City Council and sustainable communities for Leeds (sc4L) have signed the contract procured under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to deliver the 20 year partnership, which will play a significant role in rejuvenating local communities across the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck areas of the city.

Local Communities will benefit from the refurbishment of the 1245 council homes, and the construction of 388 new council homes to rent with environmental improvements to the estates. Capital investment of over £120million over the next three and a half years will provide training and employment schemes leading to jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and social enterprise opportunities.

This project, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government under the Private Finance Initiative with a council contribution is the first housing PFI scheme of its kind with the private finance element being secured through the capital funding market markets through a bond issue.

The refurbishment of homes and new build works complement regeneration activity designed to improve the lives of local residents.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“We welcome the news that this project has reached financial close. I am very pleased that we can finally start to deliver the project for these communities, who have waited a long time. I want to thank the residents for their continued patience, now is the time to finally deliver results!

“The council has worked extremely hard with its partners over many years to move this project along at the various stages. It is great to sign it off and be able to tell local people they will start to see work happening soon.

“In addition, and as promised, alongside the PFI project, the council will invest £2.53 million to bring 87 properties in the Beeston Hill area back into use. Along with this, the Little London local centre and education facilities in the area will be improved in the next few years to address some of the neighbourhood’s needs. These additional schemes bring real benefits and opportunities to the people of these communities.”

Jon Hinchliff, sc4L general manager said:

“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Leeds City Council and the local communities within Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck.

“The team we have assembled to deliver this project is local, committed, professional and vastly experienced. We are all keen to get started and are looking forward to making a positive difference to the neighbourhoods and communities living here.”

Notes to editors:

The new build homes will be built to a level of high sustainability (code level 4 for Sustainable Homes) for security and space standards.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk