• 07 November 2019
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A new development in South Tyneside reached its highest point this week, as contractor Tolent held a topping out ceremony to mark the key milestone.

Working in partnership with South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, South Tyneside Homes and Homes England, Whitburn Towers will provide 36 apartments for the over 55s.

With a mix of one and two bedroom apartments, this is the latest scheme for South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust to provide independent living to those within the area, replacing a sheltered accommodation facility that was demolished in 2017.

National contractor Tolent started on site in October 2018 to construct the two and three storey apartment block, as well as a separate two storey annex at the rear of the site.

Regional director for Tolent, Chris Price, said: “It's always rewarding to know that we’re contributing to something hugely positive and needed by the local community, creating high quality homes that will be here for many years to come.

“With over 35 years’ experience within housing and over 5,000 homes built across the North East alone, this is another fantastic example of our experience within this sector and we’ll look forward to handing this scheme over next year.”

Various team members from Tolent, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust and South Tyneside Council were on site for the event, and were able to take in the coastal views across South Tyneside and Sunderland from roof level. 

Peter Davidson, chair of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, said: “The project is on time, on budget and importantly our development relationship with Tolent has been excellent, with good communication and cooperation throughout. We have endeavoured to incorporate suggestions from all interested parties to provide accommodation of the highest order.

“The Board of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust are appreciative of the financial support we have received from South Tyneside Council and Homes England on this development and expect these high quality social housing apartments to be available to let from May 2020.”

Tolent is currently on site in Durham on the £84.5m Milburngate development and Hadrian’s Tower, soon to be Newcastle’s tallest tower. 

With a resumé including Sunderland’s award-winning Beacon of Light, the UK headquarters of Sage in Gosforth, and the stunning 1846 Roundhouse in Camden and many projects across the country, the business recently announced plans for a £190m Garden Village in Seaham.

The proposed plans include 1,500 homes, half of which will be affordable houses and half of the village will be managed green space, including extensive parkland, a football pitch, play areas and allotments linked by a network of more than 4.75km of landscapes paths and cycleways.

South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust was established in 2013 to build affordable housing for rent. As well as 435 properties already built or in the pipeline, the not-for-profit company has also brought more than 43 long-term empty homes back into use for affordable rent, with a further 10 planned.