CONTRACTOR Tolent has marked the milestone of a new development in South Tyneside reaching its highest point with a topping out ceremony.
Working in partnership with South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust (STHVT), South Tyneside Homes (STH) and Homes England, Whitburn Towers will provide 36 apartments for the over 55s.
The £4.5 million scheme, which consists of a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats, is the latest for STHVT to provide independent living to those within the area, replacing previous sheltered accommodation that was demolished in 2017.
Tolent started on site in October 2018 to build the two- and three-storey apartment block, as well as a separate two-storey annex at the rear of the site.
“It’s always rewarding to know that we’re contributing to something hugely positive and needed by the local community, creating high quality homes that will be here for many years to come,” said the company’s regional director, Chris Price.
Various team members from Tolent, STHVT and South Tyneside Council were on site for the topping out, and were able to take in the coastal views across South Tyneside and Sunderland from roof level.
“The project is on time, on budget and importantly our development relationship with Tolent has been excellent, with good communication and cooperation throughout. We have endeavoured to incorporate suggestions from all interested parties to provide accommodation of the highest order,” said Pater Davidson, chair of STHVT.
“The Board of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust are appreciative of the financial support we have received from South Tyneside Council and Homes England on this development and expect these high-quality social housing apartments to be available to let from May 2020.”
South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust was established in 2013 to build affordable housing for rent. As well as 435 properties already built or in the pipeline, the not-for-profit company has also brought more than 43 long-term empty homes back into use for “affordable” rent, with a further 10 planned.
Main Image: (Left to right) Ian Avis, contracts manager, Tolent; Owen Sunter, project manager, Tolent; Ryan Tennet, project delivery manger, STHVT; Councillor Joyce Welsh; Richard Porthouse, vice chair, STHVT; Jason Crews, head of asset and property services, South Tyneside Homes; Peter Davidson, chair of STHV; and Councillor Tracey Dixon.