Two of Knightstone’s developments are among the UK’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developments in 2014

Two of Knightstone Housing’s developments in the South West have been named in Inside Housing’s Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments this year.

Knightstone are one of only three Registered Providers to have two schemes in the Top 50.

Junction 3 (J3), a development in the Easton area of Bristol, was a significant regeneration project which saw the creation of 59 new affordable homes, seven business units and a library and learning centre.

Knightstone worked with Bristol City Council and a number of local groups to develop this iconic scheme which meets the needs of a diverse community. The total cost for the scheme was £10.4 million with the Homes and Communities Agency providing £2.92 million and the BIG Lottery providing a grant of £1.95 million for the library.

Knightstone supported 20 young people to gain work experience on site with Onsite Bristol and funded six young people to gain qualifications through the local youth centre.

The development of Ruskin Close, Burns Road and Wordsworth Drive saw a partnership between Knightstone Housing, SHAL Housing Ltd and Taunton Deane Borough Council build 66 new affordable homes in Taunton.

The development offers a mix of tenure type, including supported housing for people with learning difficulties, flats for Intermediate Rent, homes for shared ownership, one home for outright sale and 39 flats for social rent.

Both schemes have striking, contemporary designs, which have achieved high level of innovation and sustainability. Design was commissioned from GCP Architects for J3, and Boon Brown Architects for the Ruskin Close development.

The Homes and Communities Agency provided a grant of £2.733 million for this development.

Mike Day, Director of Development and Homeownership at Knightstone, said

‘We’re really pleased that two of our schemes have been acknowledged in this way. We’re immensely proud of both J3 and Ruskin Close and the contribution they’ve made to Bristol and Taunton.

‘We’re committed to building high quality new affordable homes in areas that really need them. Both projects had significant input from, and support of, the local communities, and demonstrate what can be achieved when groups and partners work together. We’re delighted to have been part of such innovative projects.’