Groundwork is getting under way this week on The Mill, Canton: a £100 million new urban village for west Cardiff.
Cadwyn along with representatives from the partners behind the project – not-for-profit residential developer, investor and estate manager Tirion Group, Principality Building Society and partnership housing developer Lovell visited the site to herald the official start of construction work on the first of its 800 homes for sale and rent.
The brand-new apartments and homes will revitalise 53 acres of brownfield land – the former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site – with a vibrant riverside community of homes, close to the city centre.
The development’s marketing suite and show homes are due to be completed in early summer 2017. The first homes for sale are expected to be ready for residents to move in this autumn. The first rented homes are scheduled for completion next spring. A 50-strong team is currently working on site, with the overall development – one of Wales’ largest urban regeneration programmes – set to create over 1,000 jobs locally. Roads and other infrastructure for the development are set to be completed in early summer.
The Mill, Canton, will provide 358 homes for open market sale by Lovell and 442 homes for rent for the Tirion Group. The homes for Tirion – which will be managed by Cadwyn – are made up of 325 properties for discounted rent, 42 homes for open market rent and 75 homes for social rent. Tirion acquired and cleaned up the long-derelict paper mill site with financial backing from the Welsh Government and Principality Building Society, and is developing it in partnership with Lovell.
Along with new jobs, the development will deliver a significant number of apprenticeships and other training opportunities for the local community in line with the partners’ shared commitment to extending the benefits of the scheme as widely as possible.
Cadwyn Housing Association chief executive Chris O’Meara said: “We are really excited to see progress being made on turning this brownfield site into a thriving community that will bring much needed homes so close to the centre of Cardiff.”
Lovell regional managing director Kate Rees says: “To see construction work under way at The Mill, Canton, is genuinely exciting and marks an important milestone for the impressive new community now starting to take shape in west Cardiff. The development is not only creating 800 much-needed new homes but also bringing multiple social and economic benefits for the area through new jobs and training opportunities as well as support for local community organisations. We’re all thrilled to see work beginning on the first homes.”
The Mill, Canton, will offer one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, situated just to the west of Cardiff city centre. To find out more about homes for sale, visit http://www.themill-canton.co.uk/ or http://themill-canton.rentals/ for information on homes for rent.