Matthew Neville

Milestone reached in £16.5m Halifax scheme delivering 106 affordable homes

A key milestone has been marked in the regeneration of Beech Hill as the first new affordable homes have reached roof height.

Senior representatives from Esh Construction, Together Housing Group, Calderdale Council and Homes England met on site to see the latest progress on the £16.5m scheme which will create 106 new homes in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

A variety of different sized homes are being constructed, ranging from two-bedroom to five bedrooms, with all properties available for affordable rent. The new neighbourhood will feature public open space and landscaping, as well as a cycle route and parking facilities.

Construction work has been ongoing in the Beech Hill area since 2018 where the demolition of three derelict high-rise blocks, a former council depot and retail units prepared the site for redevelopment.

Esh Construction was appointed to deliver the new build homes on behalf of Together Housing Group and commenced work late in 2020.

Esh operations director, Simon Woodward, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome representatives, many who have been involved in the regeneration of Beech Hill for some years now, to site to mark this latest milestone.

“Extensive remediation and enabling work has been delivered since work got underway in 2020 – over 30,000m³ of material has been excavated, crushed, screened and re-used on site, 90 metres of gabion retaining walls and a NAUE retaining slope have been constructed. Therefore, we are delighted to see the first homes reaching roof height.”

George Paterson, Director of Property Services at Together Housing Group, said: “We are working to support the wider regeneration of Calderdale to ensure quality, affordable homes are a reality for families.

“The work to be able to build these new homes has been ongoing at Beech Hill for many years now so I’m pleased to be able to attend this milestone achievement and see that the homes reach roof level.”

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