Issued by the Thirteen Group
Construction is underway on a major regeneration project which will bring much-needed new family homes, bungalows and apartments into the heart of Stockton town centre.
Working in partnership with Stockton Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, Tees Valley Housing is delivering 117 new homes on the town centre site bounded by Dovecot Street, Hartington Road, St Bernard’s Road and Worthing Street.
The new development, West End Gardens, will feature a mix of two bedroom apartments and bungalows alongside two and three bedroom houses. Available to local people for rent and shared ownership, the new homes are set for completion before the end of 2015.
Designed by Newcastle-based architects JDDK, the new homes are being built by North East construction and development specialists, Southdale Ltd.
As part of this important regeneration project, Tees Valley Housing, which is part of the Thirteen Group, is engaging with the local community to provide skills, employment and education opportunities.
In addition to utilising local contractors and providing apprenticeship opportunities across multiple trade disciplines, Tees Valley Housing, Stockton Council and Southdale have established a new partnership with Mill Lane Primary School and have devised a range of activities for students related to the project that cover areas such as safety, the environment and local history.
A competition is also underway for Mill Lane Primary School students to find names for West End Gardens’ new roads.
Martin Hawthorne, Director of Development and Regeneration at Thirteen, the parent company of Tees Valley Housing, said: “This development is part of our strategy to increase the availability of quality, affordable rented housing in Stockton-On-Tees and across the Tees Valley.
“In addition, the mixture of new houses, bungalows and apartments, will not only provide much-need housing but stimulate the ongoing development of a sustainable and vibrant community in Stockton.”
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “It is great to see work beginning on this new development which not only complements the major investment that is currently transforming the town centre but will see new and exciting places for people to live within the heart of Stockton. West End Gardens will be a stone’s throw from all Stockton has to offer - shopping, leisure facilities, fantastic events as well as good transport links."
Trudie McCormick, Southdale’s Managing Director for the North East Region, said: “These new homes in central Stockton mark the latest development in a long-standing relationship with Tees Valley Housing and its partners in the Thirteen Group. We are very proud of the work we have conducted with these partners and how these relationships have benefited communities across the Tees Valley and beyond.
“Projects like this not only create homes, but also bring an economic boost to the area through the use of local suppliers and labour.”