Lovell to build new affordable homes

Lovell to build new affordable homesBuilding work is set to start on a £2.2 million development at Window Lane and Island Road South in Garston that will see the building of new affordable homes.

The new homes are set to be completed in March 2016, supported by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that will boost the trades.

The scheme, designed by John McCall Arichtects, will transform vacant brownfield sites by creating 11 two-bedroom houses at Window Lane and 12 two-bedroom houses at Island Road South, all for affordable rent.

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our strong working partnership with South Liverpool Homes and excited to be starting construction on this important scheme which will help answer the demand for high-quality new homes for rent locally, providing modern and attractive properties within easy reach of Liverpool South Parkway and only about five miles from Liverpool city centre.”

South Liverpool Homes deputy chief executive Wayne Gales said: “This exciting development is great news for the local community. It will provide much needed homes for people on our waiting list as well as existing tenants who want to downsize.

The homes will be built to a high standard of both design and environmental sustainability, making them cost effective to run and maintain.”

The contract awarding the scheme to Lovell was negotiated following Lovell’s successful delivery of the Church Fields housing development at Garston under the Bridge which created homes for sale by Lovell and 91 houses and apartments for South Liverpool Homes.

New developments provide council homes for Oxford

HCA Building IndustryTwo exciting new developments that will build new council homes in Oxford and boost employment in the trades have started on site this week.     

The developments will provide 48 new homes at Minchery Farm in Littlemore and a new sheltered housing scheme at Bradlands in Marston.

The Bradlands redevelopment will see the old and poorly designed buildings demolished and replaced with 49 modern sheltered housing flats.

The work will take around 12 months to complete and will be ready for occupation in March 2015. The scheme will be delivered by the Leadbitter Group.

Councillor Scott Seamons, Board Member for Housing, says: “This is an exciting time in Oxford. We need suitable council houses for our residents and these two sites will provide excellent modern housing that is suitable for today’s residents. The Council is committed to providing more affordable housing to meet housing need in Oxford.”

Bradlands will offer older people modern sheltered housing, with walk in shower rooms, individual heating systems and excellent communal facilities.

The scheme in Minchery Farm will see 48 affordable family homes being built and will provide a mix of flats and two, three and four bedroom homes.

Councillor Scott Seamons, Board Member for Housing, said: “This is an exciting time in Oxford. We need suitable council houses for our residents and these two sites will provide excellent modern housing that is suitable for today’s residents. The Council is committed to providing more affordable housing to meet housing need in Oxford.”

The new homes on both sites will achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and Building for Life standard, combining generous space standards with modern energy efficiency levels.

The two sites are part of a larger programme to deliver 113 new homes across the city. The three smaller sites will provide 16 properties and are at Bury Knowle in Headington, Cardinal Close in Littlemore and Leiden Road in Woodfarm.

Southwark Council selects Morgan Sindall and Lovell to deliver 94 new homes

Southwark Council selects Morgan Sindall and Lovell to deliver 94 new homesSouthwark Council has appointed Morgan Sindall’s housing solutions specialist Lovell to deliver four affordable housing schemes worth £20 million in south-east London.

The housing programme will create significant job and training opportunities locally including jobs for 25 people working in the trades.

Construction work on the 94 new houses is expected to start in spring 2014 with completion scheduled for early 2016.

All homes will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, making them 44 per cent more energy efficient than properties built to current Building Regulations.

Councillor Fiona Colley from Southwark Council said: “I am pleased that contractors have been appointed for these sites and we can now press ahead with our plans to create 11,000 brand-new homes over the next 30 years for people in Southwark.”

David Diboll, operations director at Morgan Sindall, says: “This is a significant project for the borough which addresses the critical need for more affordable inner-city housing.

“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Lovell to bring combined expertise and experience to bear on this ambitious development which will have such a positive impact for people living in the locality.”

Lovell regional director, Peter Taylor, said: “There is a pressing need for new affordable homes in the capital and these schemes will play an important role in meeting the demand for quality, energy-efficient new housing in Southwark, providing homes for social rent and shared ownership properties which will help people take their first step on to the housing ladder.”

Cambridgeshire affordable housing scheme gets underway

Cambridgeshire affordable housing scheme gets underway
Back row, left to right, Lovell regional director Tony Tann, site manager Paul McDonald and contracts manager Steve Offord with, front, Circle Housing Roddons chair of the board Brenda Reynolds.

With a ground-breaking event Circle Housing Roddons and affordable housing developer Lovell are working on the scheme which will create 31 new houses and bungalows in Grounds Avenue. 

The development of two bungalows and 29 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses is being built by Lovell on former allotment land.

Twenty-two homes will be for affordable rent and nine of the properties will be available for shared ownership.

All properties will be built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the system for measuring homes’ energy-efficiency, and will incorporate heat recovery ventilation systems which reduce energy consumption by reusing ‘waste’ heat.

The first homes are set to be finished next summer with the overall scheme scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. Architects at the Design Partnership – based in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire – designed the development.

Circle Housing regional operations director Christopher Smith said: “When Circle Housing Roddons formed in 2007, we promised to invest in new homes. The new homes on Grounds Avenue are part of our commitment to building new and affordable homes in Fenland.”

Lovell regional director Tony Tann said: “There is a pressing need for high-quality new affordable homes in Cambridgeshire and we are extremely pleased to be working with Circle Housing Roddons to help address this through the delivery of these modern and attractive new homes.”

Over 30 building contractors join £1bn housing scheme

Over 30 building contractors join £1bn housing frameworkOver thirty building contractors from across the UK have been selected for a £1 billion housing framework that will create new jobs and help the trades.

Circle Housing Group has announced that thirty three building contractors will deliver new homes, refurbishment and regeneration works, following a competitive tendering process.

The work has been split into 45 lots, spread across nine regions – north London, south London, Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the West Midlands.

Mike Ward, Director of Housing Growth and Mobility at Circle Housing Group, said: “Circle is stepping up its development programme over the next few years and the winning contractors will play a key role in helping us to deliver our plans.

“Competition for appointment to the framework was fierce, with almost 100 applications. This resulted in a very high standard of submissions, and Circle can be confident that we have the right mix to deliver quality homes over the next four years.”

The panel of contractors includes a mix of major able to deliver large projects in urban estates and over ten smaller businesses that are suited to local development schemes.

The winning contractors are capable to achieve the standards set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes, and the Group’s wider commitment, to Enhancing Life Chances through providing employment and training initiatives on construction sites.

Work starts on £250m Accelerated Land Delivery site

Work starts on £250m Accelerated Land Delivery siteConstruction work on a £250 million housing development in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, is set to get underway after a ground breaking ceremony last week.

The new regeneration scheme will see the building of 1,500 new homes and pave the way for new jobs in the building construction industry.

The ceremony included representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Doncaster Borough Council, housing and regeneration specialists Keepmoat Homes, Strata and the Guinness Partnership.

David Curtis, Executive Director at the HCA and Dave Sheridan, Keepmoat’s CEO was joined by other company representatives to ‘cut the sod’ to mark the start of the first phase of the project, which will see the construction of 329 new homes.

172 homes will be developed by Keepmoat Homes, with a further 132 larger homes delivered in partnership with Strata Homes, along with 25 Custom Build plots being built by Fairgrove Homes. The joint development name for the scheme is known as ‘Dominion’.

David Curtis, Executive Director at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “It is fantastic that the HCA has been able to ensure that new homes will be built by releasing public land and building the link road.

“The development starting today will protect and create jobs, and create a high quality, sustainable mixed community.

“The partners are offering opportunities for new homes for everyone in these times of housing difficulty helping to ensure that there will be homes to buy, rent or even build yourself.”

Councillor Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor of Doncaster Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are delighted that work is to start on the Carr Lodge site. This is a great location for homes which are vitally needed in Doncaster to address a growing population in the town and help plug the housing shortage gap.

“We need to ensure that new developments are providing the right type of homes and the Carr Lodge development will do just that – they will be affordable and with all the features you would expect in modern homes – and with local amenities close by.”

Work starts to build new affordable homes in Kendal

Work starts to build new affordable homes in KendalA new multi-million housing development is set to deliver new affordable homes as well as create new construction jobs for local people in Kendal.

Two Castles Housing Association working alongside Esh Property Services as part of the Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership, has started work to build 27 new affordable homes for people with a connection to the town and the surrounding area.

Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with support from South Lakeland District Council, the £3.8 million development will include fourteen two bedroom houses and one two bedroom bungalow, as well as ten, three bedroom and two, four bedroom homes to rent.

Built using materials in keeping with the local area, each home will be constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 Standards and will include a number of energy-efficient features to help residents keep their energy bills affordable.

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles Housing Association, said: “There is currently a real demand for building quality affordable homes in areas serving rural communities across Cumbria. That is why we’re delighted for work to get underway on Windermere Road.

“The development will be sympathetic to the vernacular of the surrounding area with each new home constructed using traditional building methods and materials. A number of special environmental features such as a bat roosting habitat will also be created onsite to help protect local wildlife.

“Working with Esh Group as part of the innovative Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership is helping Two Castles to deliver more affordable homes in rural communities across the North West. This scheme will develop a range of new homes that are relevant to the needs of local individuals and their families in vital need of quality housing in the area.”

The Hadrian Development Solution Partnership is paving the way for housing providers to work together to deliver cost effective development projects in the North East and North West.

The scheme will deliver 250 new affordable homes to communities over the next four years, many in rural areas, utilising £5.2 million of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) under the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme.