THE Gateshead Regeneration Company (GRC) has started a new development of 23 homes on the site of a former infant school.
The three- and four-bedroom properties at Gibside Close, Rowlands Gill, are being built by Vistry Partnership and are expected to finish in the Autumn.
A commitment has been made to use both local contractors and suppliers on the project – as well as to create employment and skills training opportunities for local people.
Nine of the homes will be of three-storey split level design, which is said will maximise views over the Gibside Estate and allow family living spaces to spill out into the “generous” back gardens.
The rest of Gibside Chase will consist of traditional semi-detached homes – but GRC says every house will benefit from higher space standards and energy efficiency, along with a greater environmental performance than the average new build home.
“The site has been vacant for a decade, so we are really pleased to be able to bring it back into a positive use,” said Christine Curran, GRC’s development director (main image).
“We are delighted to get started on these new homes which will increase both availability and choice for people in Rowlands Gill and the west of the borough. We have already received a number of enquiries from potential buyers.”
Councillor John Adams, Gateshead Council’s lead cabinet member for housing, said: “We need to increase the supply of good quality homes in Gateshead, which is why the council has insisted on bigger rooms and higher levels of energy efficiency than most in the private sector. I’m pleased to see another GRP site get started and look forward to more coming forward, right across the borough, over the next year.”
GRC is composed of the council, construction and regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships, and North East-based housing association Home Group.