Social landlord starts housing development on Jools Holland's old haunt
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
A social landlord has begun an affordable housing development on the former site of a famous TV studio.
Home Group's multi-million pound project is on the site of the demolished Tyne Tees television studios, where the Jools Holland-fronted '80s music show 'The Tube' was produced.
The £3.5 million development, which has received £900,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency, will see 30 new homes built, 16 for affordable rent and 14 for shared ownership.
Gosforth-based Home Group, which manages 55,000 homes across Britain, bought the land from Buccleuch Property and has appointed Esh Group to carry out the building work.
Tony Osborne, Home Group's development manager, said: “We’ve worked closely with Buccleuch Property to acquire a part of their site and we’re delighted to have started work which will provide desperately needed affordable homes close to the city centre.
“The regeneration which is taking place here will make this a very vibrant part of the city. We’ve appointed Esh Group to build these apartments for us which should be ready for people to move into later in the year. The shared ownership homes will help those struggling to get a foot onto the property ladder.”
Sandy Smith, Buccleuch Property’s development director, said: “The mixed use site will also include a hotel and student accommodation provided by U-Student, who have already acquired part of the site and are currently constructing a 385-bed scheme scheduled for completion in August 2014.”
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