WORK is underway to deliver essential infrastructure for the next phase of a major housing development in Sunderland.
Siglion, a joint venture between the city council and igloo Regeneration, which is leading on the development, has appointed North East contractor Esh Construction to deliver the works to prepare the way for further development at Potters Hill, in the south of the city.
The eight-month programme will include installation of two drainage ponds, an acoustic bund to protect homes from traffic noise, landscaping works and highway works to aid both traffic calming and pedestrian comfort.
“We are delighted to be working with a regional company, Esh Construction, to prepare the ground for a village that will offer some exceptional homes to people from Sunderland, as well as a great many people who will be attracted to relocate to the city,” said John Seager, Siglion’s chief executive.
“Potters Hill will be a unique place to live, with homes of all shapes and sizes provided by a range of housebuilders. This essential work will ensure that we are in a position to move forward with future phases quickly, delivering a fantastic new place for people to make their home.”
Councillor Stuart Porthouse, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for housing and regeneration, said: “Building more new homes and improving our housing stock is one of the most important issues for our city. We need to not only keep people in our city, but also need to attract more people to live and work here. The works here by Esh and Siglion are very welcome news. I and others look forward to more development in the future and more housing choices for everyone.”
It is expected that a range of different companies will build on the site, all working to a design code that developers claim will ensure it is a “green, leafy development” that will provide plenty of green open spaces, soft landscaping and pathways to open up new walking routes for local people to enjoy.
At the end of last year, Miller Homes announced it would be the first housebuilder on the site, on land between Chapelgarth and Moorside. Work is already underway on the housebuilder’s plot, with the first of the 160 homes – ranging from two- up to five-bedroom houses.
John Saunders, contracts manager at Esh Construction, said: “It’s great to be working alongside Siglion and Sunderland City Council on yet another great scheme which will allow for much needed housing and regeneration to the area.
“We are looking forward to engaging with the community and local schools across the area delivering a range of Added Value initiatives whilst delivering this project.”
Potters Hill will deliver more than 700 homes in total covering a 112-acre area.