Sheffield regeneration partnership celebrates 1,000th home

A Sheffield regeneration partnership is set to complete its 1,000th new home for the city as work on its construction sites gets back underway.

Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) will soon finish its 1,000th ever property at the Eclipse development in Manor where it is currently working on a phase of 181 two, three and four-bedroomed homes.

SHC is a joint venture development company between Sheffield City Council, Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group, set up in 2011 to build new homes on vacant land.

It is currently looking to re-open all four of its live construction sites, including Eclipse, in accordance with government and public health guidelines.

Steve Birch, development manager at SHC said: “It’s extremely rewarding for the partnership to be reaching this significant milestone.  However, as well as delivering nearly 1,000 homes, we have been wholly committed to supporting and helping the communities in which we work to thrive.

“This has been achieved through providing training opportunities, apprenticeships and jobs, which has helped retain individuals and families in Sheffield, boosting micro economies across the city.”

Once Eclipse is complete, it will be the 10th development delivered by SHC, and will comprise a total of over 1,100 two to six bedroomed homes.

Around 8% of the homes will be made available for affordable rent, while 20% will be for private rent and the remainder for general sale.

Part-funded by Homes England and Sheffield City Region, SHC currently aims to create a total of up to 2,300 homes on 23 sites across Sheffield by 2025, boosting the city’s communities and economy.

To date SHC has created 75 apprenticeships, made over 800 jobs and has spent over £80m with regional businesses in the construction sector.

Cllr Bob Johnson, cabinet member for transport and sustainability at Sheffield City Council, added: “It’s great to see this milestone being reached and so many new houses delivered to help meet Sheffield’s growing housing needs.

“In these challenging times, people have come to appreciate their homes more than ever and it’s essential that looking ahead to the future, we continue to provide affordable, quality housing for our expanding communities.”

Although the COVID-19 lockdown has caused the delivery of Eclipse to be delayed, SHC expects the development to be complete by early next year.

Photo credit: SHC

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