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Affordable new homes in Rayleigh

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Stratford Court Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Stratford Court

Celebrations are underway following the completion of more affordable new homes in Hockley Road in Rayleigh.

Rochford Housing, part of leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, has just completed the second phase of the redevelopment project at the Stratford House site in a £1.7 million housing scheme part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Thirteen new homes have been created through this scheme, including a block of six new apartments in this second phase, to be known as Stratford Court. This includes 4 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom apartments, all available on for affordable rent.

These new homes and the seven completed in Phase One were built for Rochford Housing by Essex-based contractors DCH Construction Ltd.

Councillor Eddie Dray, Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council, was invited along to a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the final six new homes which are providing much needed affordable housing for Rayleigh. He also took a tour of the new homes and met some of the new residents.

The event follows a visit by Rayleigh Town Council to the development in August last year when the new homes in Phase One were completed, and an ancient milestone, which had been restored and replaced in its original position in one of the gardens in Hockley Road, was unveiled.

Emma Keegan, Managing Director at Rochford Housing said: “The completion of this second phase of work is certainly something to celebrate, and we’re grateful for the interest of the local council throughout the project and for the commitment of our construction partners DCH. As well as building these fabulous new homes, they have helped create employment and training opportunities on site during the build process and have revamped the storage area in a classroom at nearby Fairford Pre-School.”

Councillor Eddie Dray, Rayleigh Town Council Chairman, said: “This new housing development has provided a range of shared ownership and rental properties, both much-needed in Rayleigh, and I was delighted to be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its completion.

“Sanctuary also ensured that Milestone 34 was restored and replaced in the first phase of the project, and we appreciate the care and respect shown for the town’s local heritage.”

Steve Healy, Construction Director with from DCH Construction added: “We’re pleased to have worked with Sanctuary on this and other projects in both Cambridgeshire and Essex over the last three years. We share their commitment to providing training and employment opportunities, and have ensured that a number of young people have had chance to gain practical experience during the redevelopment of the Stratford House site.”

Three apprentices (a bricklayer, an electrician and a multi-skilled apprentice) worked on the Hockley Road housing development while five trainees (a bricklayer, joiner, scaffolder and ground worker along with a female quantity surveyor) also gained valuable on-site experience during the build process.

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