Development handover marks new era for former school site

Date published: 25 July 2019

A development of 54 homes built on the site of a former high school has been officially handed over to its new community.

All homes at St Augustine’s, Oldham, are now occupied marking the start of a new era for the site which had previously seen thousands of pupils pass through its doors over the years.

Named after the school, the St Augustine’s development has been handed over to residents by housebuilder Linden Homes.

Sian Pitt, Sales Director at Linden Homes North West, said: “We’re delighted to have completed on all the properties at St Augustine’s.

"It’s a pleasure to see the new home-owners move in and make the development their own.

“We know this site was significant to many people across Oldham, and we are proud to have regenerated it into much-needed family homes which will continue to play a vital role to the community for years to come.”

St Augustine of Canterbury School was demolished in 2013 after merging with another local school and moving to a new site.

Galliford Try Partnerships – the regeneration arm of Linden Homes – purchased the 1.8 hectare site from Oldham Council in 2016.

Since then it has been developed into 54 three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached homes.

Councillor Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re delighted work has finished on these new homes and that they have regenerated the former school site.

“Family homes are much-needed in our borough and they are providing modern new accommodation.

“Oldham Council and our partners, such as Linden Homes North West, are committed to providing a range of high quality, warm and comfortable homes that will meet the needs of our residents.”

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