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Contractors wanted for £836 million social housing framework

27th August 2015

Re:allies, a strategic collaboration of housing consortia, is calling for contractors to deliver its new build social housing framework in the North of England. The New Build framework, which officially launched yesterday, comprises four lots of projects in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber, with works totalling more than £836 million. Organisations which make it onto the new build framework in the North West will be supported by Re:allies member, Procure Plus, while firms in Yorkshi...

Stepnell appointed for £6.1m Wiltshire care home development

27th August 2015

Work is underway on a £6.1 million specialist care home for local people in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has appointed construction company Stepnell to create a high-quality 64-bed specialist dementia care home. The 3,600 sq. metre, two-storey development will be built on the site of the existing empty 1970s Paddocks care home off Hilperton Road. Stepnell’s Wantage team will demolish the existing building before starting construction work on the new develop...

Bellway and Heylo Housing sign three year agreement

27th August 2015

Bellway PLC the UK’s 4th largest national house builder, and Heylo Housing Limited a newly created joint venture with a leading local authority, have signed a 3 year contract to deliver ‘affordable’ shared ownership homes across the country required as part of planning obligations. Heylo has acquired over 500 properties in 25 local authorities since it launched in September 2014. This includes a portfolio of properties developed by Bellway’s ‘affordable’ housing subsidia...

Downsize to a new home in South Manchester

26th August 2015

Southway Housing has completed the development of twelve new build flats on Green Street in Ladybarn, South Manchester to help address the needs of people wanting to “downsize.” Paul Gardner, 50, will be the first tenant to move into one of twelve one-bed flats in White Swan Court, moving from a three-bed family home in Burnage. By moving from the family home he under-occupies, to a smaller property, he is able to free up a much needed family home for a larger family. Mr Gardner said: &l...

£90m development at former Morpeth hospital site

24th August 2015

Work has begun on a £90 million development project which will revive a former hospital site, creating a mixed tenure community in a green, woodland setting. A partnership comprising the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Galliford Try and Home Group will transform the disused and derelict St. George’s Hospital, just half a mile from the centre of Northumberland’s County Town, Morpeth. The project will deliver a mixture of 374 properties from two bedroomed apartments to five bedroome...

Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association secures £13m agreement

24th August 2015

Work has begun on the first Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) development, funded through a £13million loan agreement from Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking. The loan was secured to support the association’s ambitious growth programme over the next three years. Allan Murray, director of housing finance at Santander Corporate Banking, met LYHA’s chief executive Lisa Pickard, and development manager Joanna Chambers at the Aldham House Lane site in Wombwell...

£5.1million construction underway in Jarrow

20th August 2015

South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust is working in partnership with construction firm Galliford Try Partnerships North to deliver the £5.1m scheme. The former Tunnel ex-servicemen's club in North Street, Jarrow will become a 47 home complex, available for rent by the over 55's. Brian Scott, company secretary of the Ventures Trust, said: “The development was given the go-ahead by South Tyneside Council’s planning committee in February. The apartment block will consist of self-...

City West to deliver Edison Road regeneration

20th August 2015

City West Housing Trust has secured planning permission to transform a derelict site in Salford into a modern apartment complex. Land on the site of the former Patricoft Conservative Club on Edison Road in Eccles - which was demolished in 2005 - is set to be re-developed into a 36 apartment complex for ‘affordable’ rent. The scheme includes 16 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom homes and has been developed with £864,000 of grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. Work wil...

Opinion: Shelter on the chronic housing shortage

20th August 2015

In response to the government’s latest house-building figures (below), Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: Once again, these figures show that we’re not building anywhere near the number of homes needed each year, leaving millions of ordinary hard-working people priced out. And worryingly, despite claims by the government that progress is being made to solve our chronic housing shortage, the number of new homes started has actually decreased. While piecemeal schemes may help a luck...

Final tower demolished at Erith Park

20th August 2015

Residents are bidding farewell to a Bexley landmark as work begins to demolish the last remaining high rise tower as part of the new Erith Park regeneration scheme. Over the next week, Cambria House will be the final of seven tower blocks to be taken down as the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Larner Road estate is started by housing association Orbit South, in partnership with  housing contractor Wates Living Space.  Once completed, the Erith Park development will provide alm...