Sanctuary Group invited local partners along to its site in Snedshill in Telford to see the excellent progress being made with the development.
The £2.5 million scheme in Furnace Road will see the creation of 23 affordable new homes, with part-funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). This will include 18 properties for rent and five for shared ownership, with a mix of two bedroom apartments and two and three bedroom family houses.
The new homes are being built by Sanctuary’s contractor Partner Construction Ltd and are due for completion in December 2014.
As with so many of Sanctuary’s developments, this new project will create much-needed affordable housing as well as local job, training and educational opportunities.
To celebrate the progress with construction and the benefits the Furnace Road scheme will bring to this part of Telford, local councillors donned hard hats and protective clothing and joined Sanctuary and Partner Construction for a tour of the site and a closer look at the plans for the development.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “This new development in Furnace Road will provide 23 high quality affordable homes, something we feel is well worth celebrating, especially as it will bring new training and employment opportunities at the site throughout the build process at the same time.”
Councillor Charles Smith, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Housing, Development and Borough Towns, said: “I am delighted that work has started on this development. It further strengthens the council’s partnership with the Sanctuary Group and will broaden the level of affordable housing available in the Snedshill area.”
Leigh Cresswell, Business Development Director from Partner Construction Ltd, added: “It is great to see work commencing on this site as it will provide homes for local people who need them the most as well as jobs and apprenticeships for the local community.”
Partner Construction are also hoping to visit Priorslee Primary Academy to give a health and safety talk to children at the school, highlighting the dangers of building sites and the need to be extra vigilant on roads and pavements nearby where there may be lorries or heavy machinery associated with the site that may have restricted visibility.