Hightown Housing Association is set to award a contract to build much-needed affordable homes on an empty St Albans office block site to Hertfordshire-based Bugler Developments Ltd.

Work is now due to begin on the scheme in the Spring.  It will involve the demolition of Beaufort House in Grosvenor Road - once the site of the Rose’s Lime Juice plant – which has been empty since 2009 and is adjacent to the Ziggurat Building.

Bugler Developments Ltd, from Rickmansworth, will be building 58 one-and-two bedroom flats, including an attractive amenity space, undercroft car parking and cycle storage.

Hightown, a charitable housing association which aims to help people unable to afford to rent or buy at market rates, hopes the development will be complete before the end of 2017.

The growing organisation, which owns and manages around 1,125 properties in St Albans, is committed to investing in the area. The final phase of another development elsewhere in the city - on the site of the former Oaklands College city campus on Hatfield Road meant 31 apartments for affordable rent recently being let to local people through the council’s Choice-Based Lettings Scheme.

Hightown Development Director George Edkins said: “This Beaufort House project will re-invigorate a disused site near the City station, which will improve the area and help people who are priced out of the market in their own community.

“We’re looking forward to working with Bugler Developments Ltd to deliver these attractive and affordable homes”.