A new scheme to deliver 46 affordable homes in Newcastle broke ground on site today.
This latest project from Newcastle City Council aims to deliver affordable homes for rent and create more independent living for people with different support needs.
The £6.9m development in Kenton boasts a mix of housing including family homes, older people’s accommodation and bungalows for people with learning disabilities, autism or both, who need support to live independently.
The five specialist bungalows will give residents access to on-site support, while the design of the homes will help them maintain their independence in their own individual space.
The scheme, which is set across two sites on Hartburn Walk and Reestones Place, includes bungalows and Tyneside flats available for affordable rent by people aged 55 or over as well as a mix of 21 two, three and four-bedroom homes.
Gateshead-based contractor Tolent was awarded the scheme and work has begun across both sites with a view to completing the job early next year.
Councillor Linda Hobson, Cabinet Member for Housing at Newcastle City Council said: “Newcastle is a diverse city and by working in partnership with Tolent and with funding support from Homes England this site will offer a range of housing options, including supported accommodation that will help meet the housing needs of all our residents.”
Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “We’ve got experience in delivering over £800m worth of affordable housing projects. And not only do we help create great places to live, but we always look to offer local employment opportunities, and this scheme in Kenton will be no different.”
A regional collaboration, Tolent has worked closely with Newcastle-based P+HS Architects and specialist consultants CK21, and Your Homes Newcastle will be the agency managing the tenancies and allocations of the new homes. Funding was also secured thanks to Homes England.