Regeneration project set to deliver new homes and new jobs
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Celebrating the start of work on new homes in Slater Street
Work has started on a £14 million housing development in Stoke-on-Trent set to deliver much-needed extra care accommodation and family homes as well as a range of employment and training opportunities within the local community.
Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is working closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, who provided the land, to develop the project in Slater Street as part of a wider regeneration in the city. It will create a mix of 80 one and two bedroom extra care apartments for over 55s for rent or shared ownership, as well as 28 two, three and four bedroom family homes which will be available for rent.
The development is part of the 2011-15 Affordable Homes Programme and will receive nearly £2.5 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Sanctuary has appointed its framework partner Seddon Construction Ltd as the contractor for the scheme which is expected to complete in March 2015.
As well as providing a range of affordable new homes, this new development is set to provide local construction jobs on site and the creation of apprenticeship opportunities, allowing young people to learn a new trade to help improve their future employment prospects.
The extra care complex will include a range of facilities to enhance the quality of life of future residents – an on-site restaurant, hair salon, shop and gym - and there will be job opportunities through these as well as care-related roles following completion.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “This is an exciting new development set to make a positive contribution to the local community in Middleport through the new homes and the new jobs it generates.”
He thanked local partners for braving the cold to come along to the Slater Street site on Monday morning (2 December) as Sanctuary celebrated the official start of construction at the development.
Paul Shotton, Deputy Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said the partnership with Sanctuary was transforming the future for local people.
“By working with progressive community focused organisations like Sanctuary Group we are transforming the city, providing a mix of new homes for people from all walks of life. It provides for young workers, retirees and families too.
“The mix is important in revitalising our communities, ensuring the city grows for everyone. It complements the major investments the city and partners have already made in Middleport, along with the Princes Trust.
“This injection of investment in new homes is helping to rebuild our communities, attracting people to the city, and boosting the economy. It’s another positive sign that the city is bouncing back,” he said.
Helen Wilkes, HCA Area Manager added: “The HCA have been involved in this scheme from the beginning and it is great to see it start on site. This is a real boost for Middleport and will provide much need extra care homes for the local people”.
Ian Calder, Seddon’s Business Unit Manager, said: “Our team is excited to be working on this latest scheme for Sanctuary, creating new-build extra care homes as well as affordable housing for rent. In line with our commitment to deliver benefits for the whole community in the areas where we work, the Slater Street redevelopment is also helping the overall regeneration of the area by providing valuable work and training opportunities for local people.”
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