3rd Dec 2013

Seddon chosen by Sanctuary for £14m Stoke regeneration scheme

Seddon has been chosen by leading social housing and care provider Sanctuary Group to build a major housing regeneration scheme worth £14 million in Stoke-on-Trent.

Construction work has just begun on the project: an 80-flat extra care housing development for over-55s for rent or shared ownership and 28 new-build two-, three- and four-bedroom houses for rent. The scheme is designed by PRP Architects.

The development is part of the 2011-15 Affordable Homes Programme and will receive nearly £2.5 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Sanctuary has appointed its framework partner Seddon as the contractor for the scheme which is expected to complete in March 2015.

Part of a major redevelopment of the Slater Street area of Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent, the project will create significant job and training opportunities for the area. At least half the workers on site will live within ten miles of the development and a number of apprenticeships will be created, giving young people the chance to learn their trade working on the developments.

The extra care three-storey housing complex will offer older residents the chance to live independently with support available if needed. Its communal facilities will include a gym, hair salon and shop.

The new housing development will also create energy-efficient new affordable homes for rent through Sanctuary.

The development has been awarded to Seddon through its four-year partnership with Sanctuary which will deliver 700 new-build homes across the Midlands.

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, says: "This is an exciting new development set to make a positive contribution to the local community in Middleport through the new homes and the new jobs it generates.”

 "Our team is excited to be working on this latest scheme for Sanctuary delivering much-needed housing for older residents and high-quality new-build affordable homes for rent,” says Seddon business unit manager Ian Calder. "Importantly, the Slater Street redevelopment will also contribute to the wider regeneration of the area by providing a range of work and training opportunities.”

Other ongoing schemes through Seddon’s partnership with Sanctuary include a development of 86 extra care apartments and 12 apartments for people with learning difficulties at Ketley, Telford.

Photo:Cllr Alan Dutton from Stoke-on-Trent City Council (centre) joined Ian Ridgway, Seddon’s business development manager (right), Sanctuary Group and its partners on site to mark the start of work.

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