Transformation Of Former Brickworks Site Is Complete

Construction work has been completed on a new housing development on the former Ibstock Brickworks site in Lightmoor.

The finishing touches have been made to the final plots at the 1779 development, which has been built by Linden Homes.

The developer was granted planning permission to build 72 homes on the 2.5-hectare site off Brick Kiln Bank in February 2014, with construction work beginning later the same year.

The first road at the site, Ken Jones Close, was named after local historian Ken Jones MBE, who passed away in 2012.

As part of the construction of 1779, Linden Homes commissioned artist Rodney Harris to create two sculptures paying homage to the site’s brickmaking heritage.

The sculptures, which depict a brick cart and a brick workshop, have been carved onto separate walls at the development, and were nominated for a prize at the 2016 Brick Awards.

Linda Huntington, Head of Sales for Linden Homes West Midlands, said: “We’re very proud that the transformation of this derelict brownfield site into an attractive new neighbourhood is now complete.

“As well as delivering new homes to meet the future needs of the district, 1779 provides a lasting reminder of the area’s industrial heritage, and the impressive sculptures are a fitting celebration of the site’s brickmaking past.

“We are now selling our two final homes at 1779 – one of which is our showhome – so we look forward to welcoming our final residents to their new homes in this historic location.”

As part of the development of 1779, Linden Homes is providing funding of £160,000 for local services and infrastructure.

The contributions include £72,000 for primary education, £36,000 towards recreation, £7,000 for public rights of way, £20,000 towards highways improvements at Brick Kiln Bank and Broadmeadow Lane, and £25,000 towards public art.

 

The official naming of the first road at 1779,
Ken Jones Close, in 2015.

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03 February 2017

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