Graeme Bird, Managing Director at Termrim Construction, with Joanna Chambers, Development Manager at LYHA, and John Carrington, Project Manager at Barnsley Council.
Work has started on a £2.2m development by Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) to build 25 affordable rented homes at Aldham House Lane in Wombwell, Barnsley.
The scheme consists of 20 bungalows and five houses, which have been designed by Leeds-based architects Acanthus WSM.The homes will be built by Termrim Construction Ltd from Huddersfield, which has committed to using local labour to transform the site and provide a further boost to the economy in Barnsley.
The one and two bedroom homes will be built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
This aims to reduce both running costs and carbon emissions for each property ensuring that the homes, which should be available to rent by March 2016, will be both affordable to rent as well as to live in. As well as providing much needed new homes, several of the bungalows are being built to support customers with mobility issues now or in the future, including full wet rooms.
Speaking about the development, Joanna Chambers, Development Manager at LYHA, said: “Barnsley is a fantastic place and we are delighted to bring additional high-quality homes to an area where they are much needed. These homes are extremely cost-effective for our customers to run with the added bonus of producing low carbon emissions, which is good news for the environment.”
Termrim’s Keith Richards (Site Manager) Simon Bateman (Construction Manager), Graeme Bird (Managing Director) and Simon Taylor (Development Director), with Joanna Chambers of LYHA and Barnsley Council’s John Carrington.
LYHA worked in partnership with Barnsley Council on the acquisition of land at Aldham House Lane, having become one of the Council’s preferred development partners in 2012. Aldham House Lane is part of a wider commitment from LYHA, which owns and manages 1,300 homes across Leeds and Yorkshire, to build or provide 85 new homes in Barnsley over the next few years.
Matt Gladstone, Executive Director of Development, Environment and Culture at Barnsley Council said: “The development of 25 new homes on the Aldham House Lane site will provide affordable housing for both families and older persons; comprising 20 one and two-bed general needs bungalows and five two-bed properties. We are thrilled to be working with LYHA on the delivery of the scheme, which is transforming an area of the estate previously cleared of low demand housing.”
Graeme Bird, managing director at Termrim Construction Ltd, said: “Over recent years we have built significant numbers of new affordable homes in the Barnsley and South Yorkshire region and we are very pleased to secure this contract with Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association to build more affordable homes in Barnsley.”
The project has been part funded with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
For more details about registering with Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association, visit www.lyha.co.uk or call 0113 278 3335.