Partnership housing specialist Lovell will start construction this summer on a new development for Hafod Housing which will create 48 new affordable homes for local people in Bridgend, south-east Wales.
Lovell has been selected by Hafod to deliver the £5.4 million design-and-build scheme, developed in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, which will see much-needed new social rented homes take shape on land off Coychurch Road, just south-east of the town centre.
The development will create attractive, energy-efficient homes for a range of residents from single people to couples and families. They will comprise 24 one- and two-bedroom flats; a three-bedroom bungalow and 23 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. Homes will meet sustainability standards equivalent to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The site – once occupied by the Bridgend Town AFC football ground – is earmarked for residential development in the Bridgend County Borough Council Local Development Plan.
The scheme has received Welsh Government funding in the form of Social Housing Grant and Housing Finance Grant.
Building work on the new homes in Bridgend is set to start in June 2017 with the overall scheme due for completion in summer 2018.
Job opportunities for local people
Alongside the new housing, Lovell will join with Hafod to provide significant job and training opportunities for the local community including three apprenticeships, six jobs, seven paid traineeships and 150 hours of work experience placements. The scheme will also enable 15 residents to gain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme card – an essential qualification for working on construction sites. As part of its Lovell Legacy commitment to making a positive difference to the communities where it works, Lovell will also deliver a range of benefits for local community organisations and groups.
New homes in Bridgend
Hafod has invested over £12 million in new homes in the county borough in the past five years and currently own and manage over 1,000 homes locally. Hafod Housing managing director Alan Morgan says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lovell, Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government to provide much-needed affordable homes in this area where there is high demand. The site is ideally located close to the town centre and local amenities and it’s very rewarding to know that the build will deliver high-quality, modern homes and provide real benefits to the local community including employment and training opportunities. It will also help Welsh Government reach its target to deliver 20,000 affordable homes over the next five years.”
Lovell regional managing director Kate Rees says: “Our team is delighted to be working with Hafod Housing to create these modern homes in an excellent location, close to the centre of Bridgend and with easy access to buses and trains. Ensuring that the benefits of our developments extend as widely as possible into local communities is an important part of our approach and we are therefore excited to be working with Hafod to provide important job and training opportunities for local people through the construction scheme.”