National affordable housing specialist Southdale has been appointed by Vela Homes to build an £800,000 residential development in Hartlepool.
The company will build ten two-bedroom bungalows at Newholm Court, Hartlepool, which will be made available for affordable rent, with two of the properties being developed for wheelchair access.
Southdale has made a commitment to recruit labour from the Hartlepool area to work on the project, with a further pledge to link with local schools and colleges to provide work experience placements and apprenticeships.
Additionally, Southdale will use local sub-contractors as part of its investment back into the community during the course of the project.
As part of Vela’s 2011-2015 affordable homes programme, work is expected to start on site, subject to Planning in February, . Completion is scheduled for November 2012.
The homes will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, and will be Lifetime Homes Compliant.
The project brings with it the possibility of a further two phases on adjacent sites, consisting of of six bungalows followed by a further 21 later on.
Regional Director, Trudie McCormick said: "Southdale is delighted to be working in partnership with Vela Homes in developing high quality and much needed elderly persons housing in Hartlepool.
"As with all of our construction projects, Southdale is committed to providing a number of apprenticeships and recruitment opportunities for local people. We are also looking forward to hosting a number of community consultations to inform residents about the positive changes which are due to take place in their area."
Vela Homes’ Development Manager Stephen Bell said: "We are looking forward to working alongside Southdale who have more than 20 years of house building experience together with a strong commitment to the communities in which it works. Southdale’s pledge to support the local economy in the provision of long-term employment, work placements, apprenticeships and utilising local sub-contractors from the area, gives real added value to this important development."