A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Sanctuary’s development in Eaton Street in Stoke-on-Trent to formally mark the start of construction at the site.
The leading housing and care provider is developing the site to create 20 affordable new homes in a £1.5million scheme part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.
The new homes, to be built by construction specialist Seddon, will include 8 one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom and 2 four-bedroom houses, all to be made available for affordable rent.
To mark the start of construction, Sanctuary and Seddon invited local partners along to the site to see the plans for the new development and hear more about the employment and training opportunities that will be created during the build process.
Councillor Paul Breeze from Stoke-on-Trent City Council also participated in the ground-breaking ceremony to formally mark the beginning of work on the Eaton Street development.
Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said:
“Sanctuary has worked hard within the local community to provide a range of affordable housing options in Stoke-on-Tent and this latest scheme will deliver a further 20 high quality affordable homes for rent.
“Through our partners Seddon, the development also promises a number of job and training opportunities on site during construction, further good news for this area of the city.”
Councillor Breeze added:
“It is great to see the land being redeveloped and it is good that affordable housing is being provided by a responsible social housing provider.”
Ian Calder, regional manager from Seddon said:
“Our team is excited to be working on this new build scheme for Sanctuary. In line with our commitment to deliver benefits for the whole community in the areas where we work, the Eaton Street development is also helping the overall regeneration of the area by providing valuable work and training opportunities for local people.”
The development in Eaton Street is expected to complete in early 2015.