Catalyst is now officially working on all four phases of a development that will deliver a total of 270 new affordable homes on the former NHS site of Littlemore Park in Oxford.
The provider is planning to deliver 102 homes in late 2021 through phase one of the development, and a further 168 homes over the subsequent three phases.
The project is due to complete in summer 2023 and is being delivered in partnership with Oxford City Council.
Onsite delivery of Littlemore Park will overseen by contractor Hill Partnerships.
Catalyst says the development, which is 100% affordable, brings “much-needed” homes for social rent and shared ownership to the city, and will include landscaped open space, natural play equipment, and public art.
Catalyst purchased the site in 2016 from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and to reflect the site’s history and to support healthcare workers, Catalyst says it will be giving NHS workers priority options to purchase a shared ownership home.
The virtual launch event for the shared ownership homes is planned for January 2021.
Located on Armstrong Road, the development has been named Newman Place, after Saint John Henry Newman, with the name of each block of new homes also reflecting a notable person with connection to Littlemore – including Atwater House, Underwood House and Allin House.
Philip Jenkins, group Development director at Catalyst, said: “I’m delighted with what our team have achieved so far at Littlemore Park.
“We have made considerable progress on phase one of the project, despite the challenges that the pandemic has presented this year.
“Starting work on the remaining three phases marks a key milestone in delivering this significant number of new homes to Oxford, and we’re proud to reflect the area’s rich history in the building names.
“Once complete, the development will bring much-needed new homes to the city and for our dedicated and highly-valued NHS workers.”
Catalyst is a housing association that manages 34,000 homes and 1,200 employees in London and the south east of England, having merged in December 2019 with Bedfordshire-based Aldwyck Housing Group.
Image: Artist impression of completed Littlemore Park development in Oxford
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