Work has begun on a £3.5m project to construct affordable housing on the former site of an iconic TV studio.
Home Group has started to build 30 new homes on the site of the demolished Tyne Tees television studios in Newcastle, which were once the home to programmes including The Tube.
The land will now play host to an affordable housing apartment block, student accommodation and a hotel in a development which is being supported with a £900,000 contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency. Sixteen homes will be built for affordable rent and 14 for shared ownership.
Gosforth-based Home Group has bought the land from Buccleuch Property and has appointed Esh Group to carry out construction of the homes.
Tony Osborne, Home Group development manager, said: “We’ve worked closely with Buccleuch Property to acquire a part of their site and we’re delighted to have started work which will provide desperately needed affordable homes close to the city centre.
Sandy Smith, Buccleuch Property’s development director, said: “The mixed-use site will also include a hotel and student accommodation provided by U-Student, who have already acquired part of the site and are currently constructing a 385-bed scheme scheduled for completion in August 2014.”
The affordable homes will be two bedroom apartments and the development will also provide parking.