The first homes at our York Road development in Birmingham have been completed and are being handed over to customers before Christmas.

The development is made up of 87 affordable homes – 21 are shared ownership and 66 are affordable rent.

The brownfield site used to be a former UTC Aerospace System facility – the Birmingham base of the US aerospace and defence company but has now been transformed.

We worked with Vistry Partnerships on the homes which were built using a Modern Method of Construction by using timber frames.

The frames which make up the external and internal stud walls, floor joists and roof trusses are built offsite and are then transported to the site.

Our Executive Director of Development Nick Byrne said: “We are pleased to see the first homes at our York Road development are finished and will be handed over to our customers before Christmas.

“We hope our customers moving into the properties love their new homes and have happy memories there.

“Using timber frames allows us to deliver better performing homes in terms of higher energy efficiency and a reduced environmental impact as they are built at a quicker pace. The timber is also created using natural and renewable materials which helps towards our goal of making net zero carbon homes a reality.

“Homes England, who released the site to us, are committed to advancing the use of Modern Methods of Construction so the use of timber frame construction was agreed for the site. This also fitted in with Citizen’s commitment to utilising Modern Methods of Construction.”

Our York Road development is one of five sites that we are working on with Vistry Partnerships. The others include the 600-home development at Lea Castle, a 246-home development at Churchfields in Kidderminster, an 82-home scheme at Ridge Hill in Dudley, and the recently completed 210 home Hall Green development in Birmingham.

Regional Managing Director at Vistry Partnerships Darren Beale said: “We are pleased to see the first homes completed at York Road and are looking forward to when customers move in.

“It’s been great to work with Citizen on another development and we are excited to see our other developments progress too.”

York Road is due to be completed by early Spring 2022.