With the first spade already in the ground, the development will deliver 32 new family homes, all for genuinely affordable rent. There will be a mixture of two, three and four bed homes and two of the four bed houses can accommodate a range of adaptations suitable for families with a disabled child or parent.
The homes were designed by Triangle Architects, who also designed the adjacent Strand Hub and the new Kirkholt Health Centre, and Homes England has provided additional funding support.
l/r: Marta Weglarowicz and Keith Shotton from Lovell Partnership and Louise Marsden, Consultant Project Manager for RBH
Lee Sale, regional managing director at Lovell Partnerships North West, said: "We’re thrilled to have the first spade in the ground at The Strand and to be working with RBH on another scheme, building on our long-standing partnership.
“This is a really exciting development as it will deliver a wide range of much needed affordable housing for the local area as well as helping to meet the regional and national housing targets.”
The homes represent the next phase of regeneration in the Strand area. Over the past decade, the heart of Kirkholt has been transformed – with Rochdale Council, RBH, the local NHS, community groups, and residents all working together in partnership to deliver new houses, improve existing homes, and create new and improved community facilities.
Clare Tostevin, RBH director of growth, said: "We’re really pleased to get started on these new homes and we’re proud to be part of an ongoing partnership that is delivering new homes, new community facilities, and a brighter future for Kirkholt.”
Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Quality of Place at Rochdale Borough Council, said, “It’s great to see another fantastic regeneration project progress on Kirkholt, as part of the wider transformation of this area. Having accessible and good quality housing is vital to people’s health and wellbeing, so these homes will be a really welcome addition to the area.”