WATES Group has been appointed to build the first 140 homes in York’s biggest council housebuilding programme since the 1970s.
The city council has tasked the company to deliver the homes on Lowfield Green, the first of eight sites included in its ambitious housebuilding programme.
“We are committed to building high quality homes at Lowfield Green and are delighted that we have secured Wates to build them. Their reputation for well-built homes matches our ambition as does their commitment to sustainable construction,” said Councillor Denise Craghill, the council’s executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods.
According to the council, the landscaped site will feature over an acre of open, public space for people to enjoy and meet their neighbours. Around it will be built starter and family homes, wheelchair-accessible bungalows and apartments for over-55s.
It’s claimed that 40% of these homes will be “affordable” — over twice the minimum planning requirement. Half will be council housing and the other half will be for shared ownership.
In addition, the site includes six self-build plots with services provided and a community build by YorSpace providing 19 households the chance to have their own home.
David Wingfield, business unit director of Wates Construction North East and Yorkshire, said: “Our growing portfolio in York is a testament to our reputation as a trusted and expert contractor across a diverse range of sectors and to our close network of supply chain partners in the city and the wider North Yorkshire.
“Our team has worked closely with City of York Council to scope the Lowfield Green construction programme and ensure that this important new development is delivered efficiently and to an uncompromised standard for the people of York.”
Throughout construction work, Wates has committed to providing opportunities for employment and training for local people, including work placements, apprenticeships and traineeships as well as providing career guidance for local students. The company says it will also have a suggestion box on-site for residents.
The project team includes cost and project management by Turner & Townsend, architecture, landscape architecture, structural engineering and acoustics by BDP, and civic engineering and highways engineering by Curtins.