New Homes for Orchard Park
Published by Joanne McNally for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities
Riverside's Carl Mitchell, Councillor Black, Joanne Jamieson, Wates Living Space and key residents
Riverside has started building much needed homes on the site of a former tower block in Homethorpe, Orchard Park, in partnership with Hull City Council.
The 52 new homes are designed to redress the balance of housing stock on the Orchard Park estate where currently there is an abundance of three and four bedroom properties. The homes will be made available for affordable rent.
The appointed contractor Wates Living Space is building 16 one bedroom flats on behalf of Hull City Council and 36 two and three bed houses on behalf of Riverside.
Councilor John Black Portfolio Holder for council infrastructure at Hull City Council, put the first spade in the ground on the site to mark the first new houses to be built on Orchard Park for 50 years. Other guests included representatives from Hull City Council, Wates Living Space, Croft Goode, the architect who designed the houses and key residents.
Councillor Black said: “I would like to thank all of the stakeholders and residents who have been involved to date and I also appreciate the involvement of Riverside and Wates Living Space on this development. I am confident that we have chosen partners with a first class reputation for working in the community, as well as having a first class product with high customer satisfaction. I feel privileged to have been able to cut the first turf”.
It is hoped that this development will be the start of wider regeneration plans for the Orchard Park Estate which will include thermal efficiency improvements to existing properties, the redevelopment of the district shopping centre near the Health Centre, an Extra Care facility, the refurbishment of the multi storey flats as well as more new homes and landscaping.
Carl Mitchell assistant director, operations for Riverside said: “Riverside is really pleased to be involved in this development on Orchard Park; we have a proven national track record of transforming lives and revitalising neighbourhoods and we look forward to playing our role in providing much needed new affordable housing within Hull.”
Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director of Wates Living Space, commented: “We are delighted to be working alongside Hull City Council and Riverside on this important project – not only are we committed to providing high quality homes that will benefit the local community directly, but will also be using our presence to improve the lives and employment prospects of the people living in the local area through the provision of a number training opportunities”.
The project is expected to be completed in March 2015.