Hundreds of affordable homes built ahead of schedule

More than 240 affordable homes in west Wiltshire have been built ahead of schedule as a £77million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract is hailed a huge success.

The contract brought together housebuilders Persimmon Homes and its sister company Westbury Partnerships with Wiltshire Council to deliver a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes and apartments.

Steve Roche, managing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said the collaboration had proved highly successful with the new social rented homes delivered four months ahead of schedule.

The unique bid saw land provided by Wiltshire Council and Persimmon Homes with Westbury Partnerships developing the properties in Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury, Melksham and Hilperton

Mr Roche added:

“Creating new communities is at the heart of our business, and we pride ourselves on building homes to an excellent standard and delivering projects on time.

“The scheme started in January 2012, after the contract was signed in December 2011 for 242 affordable homes to be built over two years and five months across eight different sites.

“It has been a very successful collaboration between Persimmon and Westbury, Silbury Housing Ltd and project manager Cyril Sweet and we are delighted that we have had this opportunity to work with them.

“This joint venture has delivered more homes into the communities where they are most needed. The contract proved to be an excellent example of cooperative working between the public and private sector and it was great to welcome the first new residents last summer.”

Mark Edwards was one of the first residents to move into one of the new homes in Westbury. He said:

“I had been on the housing waiting list for seven months having been in a shelter for that whole time. It’s really good to have space and security and to be able to close my own front door at the end of the day.”

The housing PFI allows local authorities to work with private sector partners to build, improve and manage housing. It is administered in England by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which has been working with the council in support of its bid.