Work begins on former Sunderland College campus housing scheme

Three people celebrating the start of construction work on a site in North Hylton, Sunderland.

Construction work has begun on 105 new affordable homes on the site of a former college campus in Sunderland.

Karbon Homes is working with main contractor Esh Construction to build the College Grange development in North Hylton, located on a site of former Sunderland College buildings.

Several months of demolition work have now been completed on site after Sunderland City Council gave the scheme the green light earlier this year, and the foundations are now being laid for the new homes to be built.

Karbon is cooperating with the council and Homes England to complete the £20 million mixed tenure development, which will be partially built using modern methods of construction.

Charlotte Carpenter, executive director for growth and business development at Karbon Homes, said: “This project represents a major commitment from us to providing affordable, high quality homes in the city of Sunderland.

“Adding together this project, alongside a further eight sites in our programme, recently completed or on site, and Karbon Homes and its partners are building well over 300 homes in Sunderland.”

Designed by IDPartnership architects, College Grange will feature a mixture of Rent to Buy and affordable rent properties, comprised of a mixture of different sized family homes and bungalows for older residents.

The homes will be built using both traditional and modern methods of construction including light gauge steel, making them quicker and easier to build.

The scheme aims to create a new neighbourhood in North Hylton focused around a park running through the centre of the site, incorporating a Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS) scheme and play and recreational areas.

It is expected to play a key role in providing homes for workers on the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in nearby Washington.

Gary Dobson, divisional director at Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted to be delivering the College Grange development to provide high quality affordable housing on behalf of Karbon Homes. This flagship scheme in the heart of Sunderland is a great addition to our portfolio and adds to over £80m of schemes currently live across our affordable housing division.”

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, commented: “Sunderland is not just an attractive place to live, with incredible natural assets, but one that is increasingly being recognised as an emerging exemplar for homes that are built using modern methods of construction by a local workforce, something that delivers maximum advantage for the city and its residents.

“I’m delighted this scheme adopts innovative construction techniques, again reaffirming our commitment to leading the way with modern housing.

“Building more and better homes is an absolute priority, allowing us to create new communities that will appeal to a range of families.  This development will do just that, and we are delighted to be working with Karbon and Esh to realise this aim.”

The scheme is just one of several partnerships agreed by Sunderland City Council as it aims to build thousands of new homes across the city by 2030.

Image: Charlotte Carpenter, executive director for growth and business development at Karbon Homes, on site at College Grange with (L-R) Gary Dobson, divisional director for Esh Construction, and Coun Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council. Credit: Karbon Homes.

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