North East & Yorkshire

Two Castles creates 11 homes

Harraby Development- Harraby, Carlisle- affordable housing

A £1.4 million scheme to construct new affordable housing in Harraby, Carlisle is underway.

The new affordable homes scheme – being implemented by Two Castles Housing Association –comprises the construction of 11 high quality affordable homes, which are being built for the rental market. The units are divided into nine three-bedroom and two four-bedroom properties and will provide much needed housing for people in the area.

The new development is being built in partnership with leading developers Cubby Construction and will replace the former St Elizabeth’s Church Hall on Mayfield Avenue which has been demolished. The project is being part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with support from Carlisle City Council and St Elizabeth’s Church.

North East-based HMH Architects is providing all architectural services on the site. The RIBA chartered practice is dedicated to design, detail and delivery and specialises in bespoke supported housing developments.

Commenting on the project, Two Castles Housing Association Property Services Director, Rob Brittain, said:

“We are delighted that construction work is underway on what will be an important new affordable housing development in Harraby. There continues to be a real need for quality housing to rent across Carlisle and at Two Castles we are committed to working with our partners to deliver a range of relevant high quality affordable homes that meet the needs of local people and their families.

“We hope that this scheme will not only benefit those in the greatest housing need, but will also help to transform a former underused site and bring it back into community life.”

The scheme has been designed to be energy efficient and includes photovoltaic (PV) panels which will help to reduce overall energy bills for tenants. In addition, the development is also being constructed to meet Level Three of the Code for Sustainable Homes Standards.

Cubby Construction Project Manager, Paul Atkinson, said:

“We are once again delighted to be partnering Two Castles on what will be an important affordable housing development in Harraby. As a local employer this development gives us a fantastic opportunity to utilise quality tradesman from the area and build a quality product that meets lifetime home standards.”

Portfolio Holder for Culture, Health, Leisure & Young People, Councillor Jessica Riddle, said:

“We are delighted that work is underway on this fantastic new housing development in Harraby. The scheme provides much needed affordable housing for local residents, and the provision of homes suited to young families is great news for the community of Harraby. Looking forward, we will continue to work with Two Castles to deliver more high quality affordable homes for the residents of Carlisle.”

Two Castles Housing Association has a team of 117 staff members and has offices in Carlisle, Kendal, Whitehaven and Newcastle. The company owns and manages more than 3,500 properties across the North and provides high quality and affordable homes for low cost home ownership and rent.

With an excellent track record in affordable housing, Two Castles Housing Association works towards enhancing the quality of life of all its residents and communities. The company is people focused and responds innovatively to opportunities which are cost effective and enhance the services it provides.

Two Castles’ new development in Harraby is currently on schedule and will reach completion in July 2013. For more information about Two Castles Housing Association, please visit: www.twocastles.org.uk or follow Two Castles on Twitter: @TwoCastlesHA.

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