Work begins on £20m Newcastle development

North East | Property & Construction

Construction is underway on the final sites of a major housing project in Newcastle. The £20m scheme, which is the most valuable contract ever awarded by Newcastle City Council, will deliver a range of housing options for older people.

The 49 properties, on Avison Street and Coniston Court in the West End of Newcastle, are part of 148 new homes that will be available for affordable rent by people aged 55 and over.

Tolent is working in partnership with Homes England, Waypoint Government Income Fund, P+HS Architects, Kajima and Your Homes Newcastle as well as the council to deliver the new homes which will promote both independent living and social inclusion.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent said: “All five sites across Newcastle are now well underway and making great progress. As well as delivering some exceptional homes for the city, we’re also creating some unique opportunities for the local community too.”

“With targets to engage with schools, offer work experience and apprenticeships and improve development opportunities for colleagues on site, we’re looking forward to working with our partners to create some great experiences on all sites.”

Michelle Percy, Acting Director of Place at Newcastle City Council, said: “Housing is a top priority for the council and we are committed to delivering housing that meets the diverse needs of all our residents.

“With a rapidly changing age profile we know it can sometimes be difficult for older people who need care or support to find a home that suits their needs and this project is a fantastic example of how working in partnership allows us to maximise limited resources to deliver a variety of good quality housing that promotes independent living.”

Avison Street is due for completion early in 2020 and Coniston Court in the spring.

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