Karbon Homes begins building new social homes in Newcastle

Two men standing in front of new homes under construction.

The North East housing association Karbon Homes has begun construction work on a new social housing development in Newcastle.

Karbon is working with Esh Construction, one of the North East’s largest contractors, to develop the 25 new affordable homes in Byker, supported by Homes England funding.

The homes on Roman Avenue, close to the route of Hadrian’s Wall, will be let at social rent well below local market rents, ensuring they will be truly affordable for residents.

Vince Walsh, development manager for Karbon Homes, said: “This is a really well-located site, on the edge of an existing residential area, and close to employment sites, shops, and both bus and Metro routes. We’re pleased to be able to bring it forward to deliver a range of affordable homes.”

The Roman Avenue site has been vacant for some time after it was previously used as a depot for the telecommunications company BT.

The development will be made up of a mix of 17 semi-detached and terraced properties, as well as eight flats.

The flats will be divided into two two-story blocks containing four homes each. The flats will be arranged as Tyneside flats with each having their own front door at ground level.

The development will also feature open plan front gardens and timber fenced back gardens to give residents private space.

Residents will be able to benefit from 34 parking spaces and a secure bike shed for each home. Electric or hybrid vehicle users will also be able to make use of an electric charging point which Karbon will be installing on the development.

Gary Dobson, divisional director at Esh Construction, said: “The current climate has brought into sharp focus the importance of having a safe and comfortable place to call home.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Karbon Homes on this development to provide high quality, modern and much needed affordable homes in Newcastle.”

Paul Shorten, senior manager for Homes England, said: “Bringing a vacant site back into use to provide much-needed affordable homes for the local community is what partnership working is all about. Homes England is delighted to be able to support Karbon Homes and Esh Construction in #makinghomeshappen.”

As a housing association, Karbon Homes own or manage almost 30,000 homes across the North East and Yorkshire and develop more homes every year.

The new homes at Roman Avenue form part of Karbon’s regionwide development programme which will see it complete around 500 homes in 2020/21.

Image: Vince Walsh, development manager for Karbon Homes (left) on site at Roman Avenue in Byker with Gary Dobson, divisional director for Esh Group. Credit: Karbon Homes

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