Seven live sites, stretching from Sheffield to Driffield, will provide affordable homes, retirement living apartments and bungalows for registered social housing providers including Great Places Housing Group, Barnsley Council and Akkeri Developments.
Many of these developments are heading towards completion before August 2023, including a 44-home project for Sheffield Housing Company and an 82-home scheme in Castleford for Leeds Federated Housing Association and WDH.
In Halifax, Esh is leading a pioneering regeneration scheme that will deliver 106 much-needed energy efficient homes for affordable rent on a site that was formerly home to three tower blocks. Delivered in partnership with Together Housing Group, the scheme was named Large Residential Development of the Year at the 2022 Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards and scooped the Partnership of the Year award at the Northern Housing Awards in Manchester.
Esh operations director, Simon Woodward, and business development manager, Zoe Popple, are driving development in Yorkshire, where Esh expects to deliver more than 400 homes in the next three years.
Simon said: “The injection of Government investment in this sector coupled with a target to build 180,000 new homes through the Affordable Homes Programme into 2026 has opened up major opportunities across our region.
“Our teams and partners have worked tirelessly to build high quality homes for our clients through the traditional tendering process, in addition to bringing forward land for development through our land led solution.
“Achieving this against a backdrop of material shortages and rising costs due to inflationary pressures has been no mean feat.”
As an approved contractor on the Efficiency North, Innovation Chain North and Prosper Frameworks, Esh is in a position to push the boundaries in offering its clients more certainty around costs and programme schedules when directly appointed from an early stage to assist with scheme design.
Land led developments continue to compete against the process of tendering in today’s affordable housing sector, and Esh’s first jointly developed land scheme with Housing 21 and Together Housing Group in Askern, Doncaster, is heading towards completion this summer. The site features 56 houses, 12 bungalows and a three-storey retirement living building containing 58 apartments.
Chris Hale, pre-construction director, and Laura Devaney, land and partnerships director, have been pivotal in building Esh’s land led solution.
Laura said: “We are immensely proud to highlight the success of land led projects throughout the region in recent months with a £25 million scheme in Bridlington recently submitted for planning.
“A land led approach alleviates a lot of work for providers, and instead allows them to focus on weighing up site viability for location, rent and sales purposes, while we focus on technical detail and design. Each party focuses on their own expertise and marrying the two together can bring greater success.
“Esh is one of just a small number of contractors in the UK who can apply for grants under the current Homes England Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26, therefore we can support registered providers with funding as part of the land led process.”
In October, Esh Construction announced a forward order book of £500m and an increase in turnover by £32 million to £255 million – one of the largest increases in the company’s history – posting an operating profit of £4 million.
Affordable housing is thriving in Yorkshire, and Esh Construction continues to grow its presence within the region.