HOUSING association Thirteen has welcomed residents into their new homes on a recently completed development in Sunderland.
The organisation has handed over the keys to the final seven homes on Barnes View, Grindon, after completing construction on the site back in March.
Altogether, the development – which was built by construction firm Engie – includes 39 apartments and seven bungalows for Thirteen’s tenants, as well as a range of homes for private sale.
Martin Ogle is one resident to have recently moved into a new bungalow after having previously lived in a high-rise flat overlooking the Stadium of Light (main image).
“I moved into the bungalow at the end of March after living in a high-rise in Monkwearmouth for about four years,” said Ogle, a retired manger with a cleaning company. “I was really happy to move here as I now have space for the grandchildren to come around and play – they’re loving their new slide in the garden
“I’m originally from this side of the town and I used to play in King George’s Park when I was growing up, so it’s nice to be back.”
All 46 properties provide “affordable” accommodation in the city and were rented to tenants very quickly, Thirteen said.
“Seeing customers quickly settled and happy with the service provided by Thirteen, really makes all the hard work on building new homes worthwhile,” said Kay Glew, Thirteen’s director of neighbourhoods. “We try our best to find the most appropriate properties for people and I’m glad we managed to find the right home with the right facilities for Martin and everyone else on the development.”
Fiona Brown, executive director for neighbourhoods at Sunderland City Council, said: “I think these properties are fantastic and are designed very sympathetically so they fit in well with the surrounding area.
“The council has worked closely with Thirteen on this project and will continue to work with the company on a number of other projects in the near future, including our empty properties programme in the Millfield area.
“Barnes View fits in well with the council’s housing strategy as it offers choice for individuals at the same time as adding to the community spirit of the area by bringing together people who have a range of different housing needs.
“The new homes offer more choice for residents and I’m sure that the development will have a very positive effect for people and the local area now and for many years to come.”