North East developer gets set to deliver over 1,000 new homes

Work starts in Peterlee (Demo)

A developer in the North East says it has hit the ground running on ambitious plans to build over 1,000 new homes across the region.

Over the summer, Galliford Try Partnerships North (GTPN) started construction on four sites that will deliver 230 new homes and announced the partners it will work with to build 375 more.

Meanwhile, projects are getting underway in Gateshead, Peterlee and Darlington will provide homes for sale and “affordable” rent, the company says. Furthermore, a detailed planning application has been lodged for the 375-home, mixed-tenure development in Middlesbrough. It is working with partners Thirteen Housing and Sigma Capital.

GTPN is also preparing to launch a further four new ventures, which will add 481 more homes, taking the gross development value of recently secured work to just over £175 million.

“It has been a very productive few months in terms of securing new business and it is great to see that we are now getting to site to deliver,” said the company’s managing director, Sean Egan. “This follows a year or so of change within the structure of the business – particularly in the development team – that is now beginning to pay dividends.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that we are forging relationships with new partners and extending operations into parts of the region where we have not been working for some time.  With a number of other new, significant opportunities emerging, I am confident that we will build on this platform and continue to drive annual turnover up over the next two years.”

The company’s latest developments include 52 family homes, which will be available for private sale and “affordable” rent, in Gateshead. This marks the start of the second phase of the £350 million Gateshead Regeneration Project – an initiative being delivered in partnership with Home Group and the borough council.

Also in partnership with Home Group and in Gateshead, GTPN is delivering an 82-bedroom community wellbeing scheme, which will provide homes at “affordable” rent for people over 55. A responsive care and support service is intended to enable them to live independently in a home environment, while the facilities, such as a restaurant, hairdresser, communal lounges and gardens are designed to foster community growth and cohesion.

The creation of 67 homes for “affordable” rent on a former school site off Robson Avenue in Peterlee, in partnership with Believe Housing has commenced, as has the development of 30 family homes for open market sale – through Galliford Try’s house building division, Linden Homes – close to the historic, grade II listed Mowden Hall in Darlington.

The Middlesbrough project is adjacent to the James Cook University Hospital in the Brackenhoe area of south Middlesbrough. Here, Thirteen – which manages 34,000 properties from North Tyneside to York – would offer 100 properties for affordable rent, while Sigma, which is new to the Teesside area and specialises in homes for private rent at market level, would offer 80 such properties through its Simple Life private rental brand. The remaining 195 homes would be sold by Linden Homes.

Meanwhile, further projects in the pipeline include 360 homes on land to the west of Kirkleatham Lane in Redcar, in partnership with Homes England; construction of a 70-bedroom extra care facility with Housing 21 in Peterlee; the development of up to 51 new homes on the site of the former Ayton Secondary School, in Washington – mainly for private sale but with some for affordable rent – and an 80 unit residential community wellbeing scheme.  This is also in partnership with Home Group and in Gateshead.


Main Image: Sean Egan (right) with Alan Smith, executive director of investment, growth and performance at Believe Housing at the Robson Avenue site as work on 67 new homes gets underway.


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