- 24 August 2020
Whitburn Towers, a new affordable housing development in South Tyneside was officially handed over this week, and is now ready to welcome new residents.
Celebrating on site, national contractor Tolent was delighted to hand over the keys to members of the South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust team who have already begun showing residents around their new homes.
The project has created 36 apartments for affordable rent; 32 within a three-storey block and four apartments within a separate two-storey annex block at the back of the site.
Working in partnership with South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, South Tyneside Homes and Homes England it is the latest scheme for South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust to provide independent living to the over 55s within the area, replacing a previous sheltered accommodation facility that was demolished in 2017.
Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “Being here today and seeing the transformation that’s happened on site is extremely rewarding for us all. The improvement in the quality of the homes Whitburn Towers now offers, when compared to the previous scheme is second-to-none. It’s been a pleasure to work with all the partners on this scheme.
“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.”
Peter Davidson, Chair of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, said: “On behalf of the board at South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, I would like to thank and acknowledge the tremendous work delivered by the team at Tolent in the completion of Whitburn Towers. We are delighted with the outcome.
“It's an amazing development that also demonstrates great collaboration from our partners at South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes."
Cllr Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: “The borough has an ageing population and creating this kind of modern, quality accommodation that allows older people to live independently for longer is a key priority for the council.
“The former sheltered accommodation block was outdated and not fit for purpose and the transformation here has been fantastic; these attractive new apartments provide a real boost to the area.”
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.