A new development consisting solely of social housing has been completed in East Leeds.
The development comprises 59 new homes across two sites, which have been named The Beeches and The Nevilles.
National contractor Willmott Dixon delivered the £9.4m scheme in Gipton and Osmondthorpe on behalf of Leeds City Council.
The two sites feature a range of two-, three-, and four-bed properties, with 32 units on The Nevilles site and 27 units at The Beeches.
All homes will be exclusively reserved for social housing.
The development also includes bungalows and disabled units with facilities such as accessible bathrooms, hoist lifts through the floors, stairlifts, grab rails, and bedroom hoists.
Commenting on the development, Stuart Kerr, director for Willmott Dixon, said: “Social housing is in high demand in Leeds, so we’re proud to have delivered these much-needed homes on behalf of Leeds City Council.
“Furthermore, each unit has been adapted to fit the resident’s needs and provide a bespoke solution, making them even more valuable to those with specific accessibility requirements.”
All the homes meet Leeds City Council’s housing standard in terms of design quality as well as space and energy efficiency.
Willmott Dixon also says that the properties will deliver reduced running costs for residents, contributing to a reduction in fuel poverty levels.
Leeds Housing Growth Programme
The development forms part of Leeds City Council’s Housing Growth Programme, which aims to contribute over 300 new council homes towards the city’s overall annual target of 1,230 new affordable homes from 2019 onwards.
Councillor Debra Coupar, deputy leader and executive member for communities at Leeds City Council, said: “I am delighted, despite the current situation, to see more new council homes being built and to meet some of the new residents.
“We supported a number of families to move into their new homes just before lockdown and have recently re-commenced lettings, which should enable the rest of the new homes to be occupied.
“We will continue to work with contractors and partners to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff, and despite this unprecedented time, the continued progress with developing our ambitious plans around new housing provision remains largely on track.”
The development, designed by Halsall Lloyd Partnership, was procured under the YORBuild 2 framework following Willmott Dixon’s work on residential schemes across Yorkshire – including the delivery of over 300 homes in Doncaster.
Willmott Dixon has also been appointed by Rotherham Council to build three housing developments that will deliver 171 homes in Rotherham town centre.
Main image: Beech Rise, The Beeches, Leeds