One of the South East’s leading housing associations Catalyst is delivering 270 new affordable homes on a former NHS site in Oxford.
The first phase of the development at Littlemore Park will see the London-based social landlord deliver 102 homes in late 2021, with a further 168 homes set to follow over the three subsequent phases.
The contractor Hill Partnerships will oversee the onsite delivery of the project, titled Newman Place, which is being delivered in partnership with Oxford City Council.
The development will bring much-needed social rent and shared ownership homes to Oxford, one of the least affordable places to live in the UK.
Philip Jenkins, group development director at Catalyst said: “I’m delighted with what our team have achieved so far at Littlemore Park. We have made considerable progress on phase one of the project, despite the challenges that the pandemic has presented this year.
“Starting work on the remaining three phases marks a key milestone in delivering this significant number of new homes to Oxford.”
All of the homes at Newman Place will be made available for either social rent or shared ownership, while the area will also feature open space, play equipment and public art.
To support Oxford’s key workers, and pay tribute to the site’s previous ownership by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, who Catalyst bought the site from in 2016, NHS workers will be given priority options to purchase a shared ownership home.
The development gets its name from Saint John Henry Newman, with each block of new homes on site also set to be named after a notable person with connections to the area.
“We’re proud to reflect the area’s rich history in the building names,” Jenkins added. “Once complete, the development will bring much-needed new homes to the city and for our dedicated and highly-valued NHS workers.”
Catalyst is one of London and South East’s leading housing associations with 34,000 homes and 1,200 employees. It is a member of the G15, the group of London’s largest housing associations.
Catalyst recently also became the first company in Europe to receive the highest accreditation mark for all three categories in the pan-European Certified Sustainable Housing Label, which measures the sustainability of affordable housing companies.
The housing association has been given ‘Frontrunner’ status for its work in each of its Environment, Social and Governance dimensions following a thorough examination process.