Thirteen makes start on independent living scheme in Hartlepool

Representatives from Thirteen Homes and Gus Robinson Developments on the Scholars Field construction site in Hartlepool.

Thirteen has announced that it has started construction work on a new development of bungalows for over 55s in Hartlepool.

Thirteen, the North East’s largest housing association, has begun building the new homes at Scholars Field, a site on Brierton Lane which it recently purchased from Hartlepool Borough Council.

The scheme, which Thirteen is delivering in partnership with local builders Gus Robinson Developments with funding from Homes England, will consist of 81 two- and three-bedroom bungalows.

The homes are specifically designed to promote independent living for over 55s and people living with mobility issues.

Craig Taylor, managing director of Thirteen Homes, said: “The new and innovative project at Scholars Field will provide the town with a wealth of modern and contemporary bungalows.

“At Thirteen, we are committed to delivering exciting new projects, with the goal of providing customers with new, affordable houses in some of the key areas within the region.

“The initial work on the development at Brierton Lane has been extremely well-received and will be a much-welcomed addition to the town.”

Workers on the new homes are following new building site safety advice and guidelines issued by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scholars Field development is set to be completed next year with the new homes expected to become available from summer 2021.

Stephen Bell, managing director at Gus Robinson Developments, said: “Scholars Field is an exciting project which will bring much-needed affordable housing to Hartlepool.

“It is a pleasure to have been able to begin working on the site, albeit following rigorous new site safety policies in response to the global pandemic.”

Cllr Christopher Akers-Belcher, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said:  “This attractive development will provide the town with a much-needed mix of properties for affordable rent and for shared ownership, so we are delighted that work is underway, following COVID-19 safe working practices.”

Scholars Field is not Thirteen’s only current development in Hartlepool as it also began work on an ‘innovative’ modular housing scheme in the town last month.

The development, in partnership with ENGIE and ilke Homes, will feature 31 modular homes which will be built in a factory, delivered and then assembled on site.

Image: Claire Kitching, sales manager for Thirteen Homes, and Stephen Bell, managing director at Gus Robinson Developments Ltd at Scholars Field. Credit: Thirteen.

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