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Newcastle city centre residential development set to deliver over 100 brand new homes

Work is underway to deliver Amethyst Homes second development in Newcastle city centre, following the success of its previous development located at Northbourne Street, for Home Group, five years ago. 

The joint development, in partnership with Bellway, will create 124 new homes, 45 built by Amethyst, comprising two, three and four-bedroomed houses.

The project has been facilitated by Tynexe, a joint venture company comprising Newcastle City Council and Consett based Dysart Developments, which carried out the necessary reclamation works to prepare the land for development.

Richard Bass, Managing Director at Amethyst Homes, commented: “This is an exciting development for Amethyst, located just off Westmorland Road in the heart of Newcastle’s West end. 

“We are confident that this site will help address local housing needs and will prove popular, due to its location and the variety of homes on offer.  It is rewarding to see work finally starting on site, as it has taken a true partnership approach to unlock this brownfield land.”

The properties at Amethyst Homes’ Vallum Heights will be built using modern methods of construction, with the use of timber frame, which is a first for Amethyst.

Working in partnership with Aberdeen based Kirkwood Timber Frame, this method of construction will enable each home’s structural frame to be erected on site within a day. In addition, benefits to the buyer include highly efficient insulation, in line with latest industry Building Regulations, and cost savings on energy bills.

Andy Lewis, Business Development Manager at Kirkwood Timber Frame, added: “It is great to help Amethyst Homes deliver its first timber frame properties. The benefits are far reaching for the developer and the home buyer. 

“By using timber frames a housebuilder can reduce its carbon footprint by up to 40 per cent and it offers efficiencies during the construction process.  For the homebuyer, timber frames offer a greater level of insulation. Timber is a natural thermal insulator store and offers low energy consumption, which in turn saves homeowners money on their bills.

“Scotland is leading the way in timber frame construction with over 90 per cent of all new homes using this build method, far less in England with just 23 per cent across the UK overall. It is great to see Amethyst embrace this technology, which we know is growing in popularity in the region.”

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