The construction sector in the North East has been delivered a further boost after work got underway on a £2.2m Isos housing scheme in North Tyneside.
The project, in Seaton Burn, will provide 20 affordable homes which are expected to be completed by the end of the year, and will be carried out by building contractor Turney Wylde.
The social landlord’s scheme starts just as a report by Experian’s Property Index has shown that the number of affordable homes– valued at under £100,000 – being put on the market in the region has risen by 55% over the past two years.
The Seaton Burn development will comprise eight two-bedroomed houses, six one-bedroomed apartments, four two-bedroomed bungalows and two three-bedroomed houses, with the properties built around a cottage garden and courtyard.
The houses will be constructed to level three of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes, including such energy saving and sustainable features as high levels of insulation and energy efficient boilers to keep fuel bills down. Attractive landscaping, including a shared garden and wildflower meadow, is also planned.
The scheme has been developed in partnership with North Tyneside Council and with £300,000 of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Lea Smith, Isos development and regeneration manager, said: “We are pleased that work is now under way on what we believe will be an extremely attractive development that will not only provide much-needed housing but also enhance the local environment.
“A great deal of care and thought has gone into the planning and design of this scheme which we are sure will prove extremely popular with those looking for housing in this area.”
Alongside the new properties, the project also includes the creation of a state-of-the-art £180,000 children’s play area to the southern edge of the half hectare site, with equipment suitable for youngsters of varying ages.
The old play area is being salvaged, recycled and sent to provide a play area in a developing nation in Africa.
In its last financial accounts, for the year 2011/2012 Isos Housing bucked the national trend of record low housebuilding by delivering a programme worth around £22m and recorded one of its busiest years for completions.