Wednesday, May 16, 2012

News: Eye see major project complete


The Snow Hill, a new flagship development for Homeless Services in central Birmingham, is now complete and has been officially handed over from the building contractor to Eye's client, Midland Heart.

Eye, the Rotherham-based development and asset management firm, has been involved in realising a number of difficult schemes in regeneration and social housing.

Developed in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and Birmingham City Council under the "Places of Change" programme, The Snow Hill is a new model of supported housing and sets the standards for future developments of this kind. It will also be home to the Frost and Snow Cupcake bakery the social enterprise which will employ formerly homeless people, for which Eye's MD Jon Sawyer is a director.

David Potts, project manager at Eye, said: "After being in development for nearly two years, we are delighted that the building is now complete and will be able to fulfil its function once more. We are truly honoured to have played a significant role in its redevelopment."

Construction has also begun on The Forum Southend-on-Sea, for which Eye completed the feasibility work for in 2009. It will provide a new public and academic library for the town, a new teaching facility for South Essex College and new research and learning facilities for the University. Main contractor Wates Construction is now on site working to complete the £27m project, one of the first of its kind in the country, by the autumn of 2013.

John Dolan OBE, head of community regeneration at Eye and trustee of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), said: "It's fantastic to see this groundbreaking Library coming to fruition and is a great example of the vital role that libraries continue to play in the 21st Century."

Eye has also been asked by Gedling Borough Council to help it devise strategies to bring a number of key stalled sites back into use.

Jon Sawyer, managing director at Eye, said: "Addressing stalled development sites is a challenge for Local Authorities up and down the UK. We are helping Gedling Council select the right sites that will meet their strategic goals and look creatively at how public sector assets and available funding can best be harnessed."

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