House builders Redrow clinch regeneration contract at former Oldham school site
Thursday 5th October 2017 @ 19:08 by Nigel P.
Business Community News Oldham

The former Counthill School Oldham, demolished in 2013 which educated Corrie Star Ann Kirkbride and historian Sir Ian Kershaw, will now provide the site for 60 new homes built by developer Redrow 

Redrow Homes has beaten rival bidders Barratt, Countryside Properties, and Willmott Partnership Homes to redevelop the former Counthill school site in Oldham in conjunction with Oldham Council.

The decision to appoint Redrow Homes as it’s partner developer for the site was approved by the council at a cabinet meeting on September 18.

Redrow’s winning bid will see the company build 50 detached and 10 semi-detached homes on the site, with 38 four-bed homes and 22 three-bed homes. Sale prices will be between £200,000 and £315,000.

The house-builder is due to start on site early next year, with Redrow also providing highway improvements to Haven Lane and Counthill Road, alongside parking for the nearby Waterhead Academy sports hall, as part of the project. 

Redrows bid to construct 60 new homes was exceeded by their competitor’s plans with Barratt proposing to build 94 homes at the site, with prices ranging from £183,000 to £280,000; while Countryside’s bid included 78 homes, ranging in price from £184,000 to £290,000.

Willmott Partnership Homes’ proposals included 83 houses starting at £130,000 and rising to £285,000.

The site was earmarked for development in 2014 following the demolition of the Counthill School in 2013.

The much loved school counted renowned historian Sir Ian Kershaw and Coronation Street favourite Ann Kirkbride as former pupils.

The school fell under special measures for a short period in 2004 and was replaced by a new academy school under the ‘Building Schools for the future Project’ which also incorporated the pupils of a neighbouring school Breezehill.

Cllr Jean Stretton, leader of Oldham Council, said: “We are committed to making the borough a place where people want to live, work and do business in so we are delighted Redrow Homes share our vision and are on board as our development partner.

As part of their bid Redrow Homes committed to creating apprenticeship positions and using local suppliers and subcontractors, so as our construction partner, they will be helping the local economy grow.”