£6.6m housing scheme back on track

November 17th, 2015 in Home Group News

A multi-million pound affordable housing development which stalled following the collapse of a building firm is now back on track.

Not-for-profit housing provider Home Group is building 47 new homes in Halifax on the site of a former brewery. Work originally started in July 2014 but ground to a halt in April this year when the appointed contractor went into administration.

Now bricklayers, concrete mixers, joiners and electricians are back on site after Home Group appointed a new firm of contractors to complete work on the £6.6m project.

The homes are being built in the Wheatley area of the town on land near Maltings Road which was once owned by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and had not been used for 18 years.

Home Group has now appointed contractor STG to complete the homes designed by Brewster Bye architects.

Teresa Snaith, Home Group head of development and delivery, said: “We were obviously disappointed when, for reasons beyond our control, work had to stop on the site. As a housing charity it’s our purpose to provide the affordable homes which are so acutely needed to tackle the housing crisis.

“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to appoint STG to complete the work. We’ve worked with STG on a number of schemes throughout the region in the past and have always enjoyed a good relationship. We’re looking forward to seeing these properties completed so we can provide homes to local people.”

The homes are being built near to a listed building which is currently used as a college and have been designed to blend into the existing area.

Teresa added: “Our plans have taken into account that the development will sit near to this listed building and we will use artificial stone and other materials to ensure the homes compliment the Maltings and enhance the area.”

Andrew Poyner, STG director of development and legal, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Home Group once more, bringing much-needed affordable homes to this area of Halifax.

“It is testament to our flexibility as a business, our multi-disciplinary team and our continuing relationship with Home Group that we have been able to assist in minimising the time that the site has been dormant and we look forward to completing the development next summer.”

Councillor Jenny Lynn, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for skills and the environment, said: “One of the Council’s ambitions for Calderdale is to have enough good quality homes that people can afford to live in, so I’m delighted that this important scheme providing much-needed affordable housing is back on track.

“We have been working closely with Home Group to make sure the scheme meets local needs, with an emphasis on homes for families.”

The development will see 28 two bedroom houses, 18 three bedroom houses and one four bedroom property created. Home Group will also provide a play area for the children of families who will live at the development.

The £6.6m scheme has received funding of £1,034,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.