Ground has officially been broken on Gentoo’s Brockwell Green development, which will deliver 40 homes for affordable rent in Houghton, Sunderland.
City leaders gathered at Avenue Vivian to celebrate the start of construction work on the project, which is being delivered in partnership with Homes England.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo Group said: “Our affordable homes plan has gathered pace over the past month and I’m delighted that work is progressing on the regeneration of Brockwell Green, with 100 new affordable homes now currently being built for rent in the city.
“In partnership with Homes England, we’re committed to improving the current housing offer in Sunderland by creating modern neighbourhoods and homes, whilst at the same time ensuring Gentoo and housing play a part in the economic recovery post Covid-19.”
The development will comprise two and three-bedroom homes and two-bedroom bungalows built by construction company Tolent.
Chris Price, regional director for Tolent said: “It’s great to see work starting on site on what is set to be another fantastic development in the city from Gentoo. We have delivered over 5,000 homes across the North East and are committed to ensuring this is another high-quality project, delivered by Tolent.”
Brockwell Green pays homage to the area’s local mining heritage, named after a pit line in at the former Houghton Colliery.
It is the second construction site started by Gentoo in the last month, with 56 new homes also currently being built in the Downhill area of the city.
The developments come ahead of Gentoo’s planned £117m investment into affordable homes in the city, with plans to deliver 900 additional homes for affordable rent brought to Sunderland by 2024.
The first homes are expected to be complete next year and will be made available for rent through Gentoo’s allocations system HomeHunt.