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Rebecca Wayman

Tolent starts work on two new major housing developments with Newcastle City Council

A local £20m housing project is underway through a contract with Newcastle City Council.

The scheme, in Newcastle, is said to deliver a range of houses available for older people.

The 49 properties, on Avison Street and Coniston Court in the West End of Newcastle, are part of 148 new homes that will be available for affordable rent by people aged 55 and over.

Tolent is working with Homes England, Waypoint Government Income Fund, P+HS Architects, Kajima and Your Homes Newcastle as well as the council to deliver the new homes.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “All five sites across Newcastle are now well underway and making great progress. As well as delivering some exceptional homes for the city, we’re also creating some unique opportunities for the local community too.

“With targets to engage with schools, offer work experience and apprenticeships and improve development opportunities for colleagues on site, we’re looking forward to working with our partners to create some great experiences on all sites.”

The five developments will offer Tyneside flats, bungalows and assisted living apartments.

Derek Shepherd, director for P+HS Architects, added: “Each site has provided an opportunity to develop a range of housing types with dedicated external gardens and communal facilities.

“Working with Tolent and the council has been a fantastic opportunity to design new homes which offer a safe and enjoyable environment for persons over 55.”

This contract means Tolent has been integral to almost £200m worth of investment in Newcastle including Sage HQ, Newcastle City Library, Wellbar Central and its latest development at Hadrian’s Tower.

Craig Smailes, project director for Kajima Partnerships Ltd, concluded: “Our aim has been to create ‘a home for life’ for each resident, and we look forward to delivering the final two sites. Avison Street will be due for completion early in 2020 and Coniston Court in the spring.”

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