Affordable housing provider, Wates Living Space, has commenced work to develop a brand new apartment complex on Hesketh Road in Stafford.
Wates has now begun work to deliver the £5.59 million package of works, which will include the demolition of five multi-storey apartment blocks and associated garages to create 63 brand new affordable one and two-bedroom homes.
Designed by architects, Pozzoni LLP, the regeneration scheme forms part of a wider investment in the town and surrounding areas by SARH, and marks the first time Wates Living Space has worked with the social landlord.
Planning permission for the Hesketh Road scheme was granted in July, a milestone in the £40 million SARH programme to build over 300 energy efficient homes in Stafford. Completion is scheduled for early 2017.
Wates Living Space has made a commitment to ensuring that the local community and economy benefit from the work.
This includes a pledge to create extensive opportunities for training and employment throughout the project and the appointment of local sub-contractors and suppliers to support project delivery.
The project will also see Wates Living Space appoint wholly owned SARH trading subsidiary, Housing Worx, to install kitchens in the new homes.
Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted that this exciting project is now well underway as it will provide a huge boost for the local community. As well as providing much needed affordable homes it will also help to drive regeneration in the area.”
Lee Sale, Regional Business Director, Wates Living Space said: “Wates Living Space believes that building new homes is about much more than bricks and mortar and we will work closely with SARH to ensure that we create extensive benefits for local people throughout the project and beyond completion.”