Home Appointments & Contracts Work underway on the first of over 1,000 new NE homes

Work underway on the first of over 1,000 new NE homes

Sean Egan

In just six summer weeks, regeneration and housing specialist, Galliford Try Partnerships North, has started construction on four North East sites that will deliver 230 new homes and announced the partners it will work with to build 375 more.

Projects in Gateshead, Peterlee and Darlington – which will provide homes sale and affordable rent – are all underway, while a detailed planning application has been lodged for a 375 property, mixed tenure development in Middlesbrough, with Thirteen and Sigma Capital.

And the division is gearing up to launch a further four new ventures, which will add 481 more homes, taking the gross development value of recently secured work to just over £175 million.

Managing Director, Sean Egan, said: “It has been a very productive few months in terms of securing new business and it is great to see that we are now getting to site to deliver. This follows a year or so of change within the structure of the business – particularly in the development team – that is now beginning to pay dividends.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that we are forging relationships with new partners and extending operations into parts of the region where we have not been working for some time. With a number of other new, significant opportunities emerging, I am confident that we will build on this platform and continue to drive annual turnover up over the next two years.”

The developments commenced include 52 family homes, which will be available for private sale and affordable rent, in Gateshead. This marks the start of the second phase of the £350 million Gateshead Regeneration Project – an initiative being delivered in partnership with Home Group and the borough council.

Also in partnership with Home Group and in Gateshead is an 82 bedroomed community wellbeing scheme, which will provide homes at affordable rent for people over 55. A high quality, responsive care and support service will enable them to live independently in a home environment, while the facilities, such as a restaurant, hairdresser, communal lounges and gardens are designed to foster community growth and cohesion.

The creation of 67 homes for affordable rent on a former school site off Robson Avenue in Peterlee, in partnership with believe housing has commenced, as has the development of 30 family homes for open market sale – through Galliford Try’s house building division, Linden Homes – close to the historic, grade II listed Mowden Hall in Darlington.

The Middlesbrough project is adjacent to the James Cook University Hospital in the Brackenhoe area of south Middlesbrough. Here, Thirteen – which manages 34,000 properties from North Tyneside to York – would offer 100 properties for affordable rent whilst Sigma, which is new to the Teesside area and specialises in homes for private rent at market level would offer 80 such properties through its Simple Life private rental brand. The remaining 195 homes would sold by Linden Homes.

Pipeline projects are 360 homes on land to the west of Kirkleatham Lane in Redcar, in partnership with Homes England; construction of a 70 bedroomed extra care facility with Housing 21 in Peterlee; the development of up to 51 new homes on the site of the former Ayton Secondary School, in Washington – mainly for private sale but with some for affordable rent – and an 80 unit residential community wellbeing scheme. This is also in partnership with Home Group and in Gateshead.

In total these developments are expected to have over 600 people working either on site or providing office based support.