Granby 4 Streets scoops Turner Prize


Residents and partners are celebrating following news that the Granby 4 Streets regeneration project in Liverpool has scooped the UK’s leading contemporary arts prize.

The Turner Prize has been won by Assemble, a group of architects who are working with Granby Community Land Trust (CLT), set up by local residents, to refurbish a number of properties on Cairns Street and create a community ‘hub’.

Plus Dane Housing is one of the partners helping to bring the area to life and has been focusing on refurbishing properties on Beaconsfield Road.

Partners including The Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) have been working to bring empty homes in the area back into use and develop new affordable homes, working closely in partnership with local residents.

The Granby 4 Streets - a cluster of terraced houses in Toxteth - were due to be demolished under the Government’s Housing Market Renewal Initiative, but this was abolished by the Coalition in 2010. In 2012, Liverpool City Council started discussions with the local community about how they could be involved in a new approach to regenerating the area by breaking the area up into a number of different projects. The Community Land Trust scheme is part of a £14 million regeneration of the area agreed in 2014.

As part of the project, Plus Dane secured funding from the Cluster of Empty Homes funding stream, monitored by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Working with partners we are currently on site with a scheme on Beaconsfield West to refurbish 24 properties and develop 3 new homes all for rent. These properties are expected to be completed by Spring 2016.

15 of the 27 properties will be listed on Property Pool and to be considered for a property you will need to be registered on the site here.

The remaining 12 properties will be allocated via Plus Dane’s HomesHub team. Should you wish to be considered for one of these properties then please contact Trish Cheung on 0151 703 2024.

For more information about the Community Land Trust scheme, visit A Sense of Place blog.